Monday, September 12, 2011

Portland - Boston

Leaving Portland and it`s heavy traffic I went south along smaller roads and tried to see more of the shore. Weatherwise was still not perfect, rainshowers and grey skies but the wind was coming from the north so that was a ok. Hampton beach was very nice. Long beaches and curving roads similar like in Normandie, FR. I stopped near Groveland for the night at the qth from Dave KD1NA and XYL. I was impressed by his Elecraft and nice double setup/shack. We ate very good and I left in the afternoon more to the southwest to Peter in Harvard N1PQ and Pat his xyl. The weather was great, blue skies and warmer weather. Since Peter knew that that stretch as going to be the last for me, he welcomed me with balloons, Belgian beer, food and some time-off. The final numbers are 11527 km 703 hrs 17,6 kmh moving 11,9 kmh overall 123 days cycling .. pfft.. :-)

The next day 9/11 you couldn`t change a channel without watching a livestream from the ceremony. We went out to shop for some smaller thing and I packed and disassembled the bicyle in the carton box. That went smoothly and very relaxed, more so than on an airport, thanks Peter.

Peter is also a long distance cyclist and knows what it`s all about. On sunday we took the car to Boston and drove trough the city and did some sightseeing by car and on foot trough the city centre. We ate Italian in a resto and see the most important things in a nuttshell. Time to say goodbye back in the hotel and I expect Peter back in Belgium on day ! I crashed down and the next day I packed my bags in the HUBO afvalzak to be fittted on the plane.
The flight is the KL 6030 and leaves Boston at 17h local and arrives at 06h local in the morning in Amsterdam. Katia could be disturbing the latter part of the flight but I hope we go south of Ireland.

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Hope everything goes well and we will not be transformed in a submarine since I`ve got no VLF on board of the FT817d ;-)

A better review of this last trip will follow as a final comment on the whole journey when I`m back home, bye for now.