Days 1-2 - Glasgow to Black Forest

In summary:

  • 4.300 miles / 7.000 km
  • 11 days (17 – 28 May 2017)
  • 1 girl (21 years old at the time)
  • 1 bike (Honda Fireblade 900rr)
  • mostly camping

UK (Glasgow) – Dover – Germany – Austria – Slovenia – Croatia – Montenegro – Bosnia – Croatia – Slovenia – Austria – Germany – France – UK

17/05/2017

When setting off on my previous trips, I was usually using Dover ferry. It is 500 miles from Glasgow – at least 7-8 hours ride but this ferry is frequent – every hour or so, meaning that I can just turn up without booking at any time. 

I decided to use Newcastle – Amsterdam overnight ferry this time. This ferry is less frequent, only once a day at 5pm most days of the week (or every day, can’t remember). Newcastle is much closer to Glasgow though, only 150 miles away (3 hours ride). You need to get there before 4pm to check in. For this ferry I can’t just leave whenever I want and turn up. It’s more expensive and I need to book a cabin. Also because there is only 1 ferry a day, I can’t just leave from Glasgow in the evening after work. I either need to take extra day off or half day and finish work at 12.

I decided to take Newcastle ferry this time but only on the way there, as I never know when exactly I’m going to come back.

On Wednesday 17th May I took half day off work. Finished at 12 and went home to quickly load the luggage on the bike. About an hour later I was ready to set off.

About half way to Newcastle I stopped at a petrol station to fill up. Went to pay, reached to my pocket and.. Where is my bank card?? Where is my driving licence?? Reached to another pocket.. I found the bank card. Wait, this is not my bank card. It was my mum’s credit card. She asked me couple weeks before the trip if I want to take her card just in case, and I said no as I didn’t want want to loose it. But a day before I set off I said ok, I will take it. 

I was making photocopies of my documents the previous night. Made a photocopy of my passport first, and then of my bank card, driving licence and European Health Insurance card – all three at once. I took the photocopies but left the actual cards in the printer. What an idiot!

So I had my passport with me and my mum’s credit card. I should be ok without my bank card, I can just pay with my mum’s credit card. I had my passport – that’s the most important. Driving licence.. If police doesn’t stop me and nobody asks for it, I should be ok. Health card – I never needed to use it, and as long as I don’t need it this time either, I should be ok. I had two options – continue like this, or turn back which would mean loosing over £100 that I paid for the ferry. I would then need to ride 500 miles to Dover and use short ferry. That way I would also loose a lot of time.

I decided to continue. At least I had my passport this time, unlike when I was about to set off on my trip to Pyrenees and Alps in 2016. When packing a night before, I found out that my passport expired. I had to cancel my holidays and did this trip a month later than planned. 

Back to this trip though. So I was at the petrol station with my mum’s credit card in hand. I didn’t have the pin number as I was only going to use it in an emergency. I phoned my mum and she gave me the pin number. Then I continued to Newcastle. 

Traffic started getting bad in Newcastle, but finally made it to the ferry port:

Boarded the ferry not long later. 

I went to find my cabin. It was the cheapest cabin I could get, but even then it felt like luxury to me! It was a two-person cabin with two single beds. There was also small bathroom with a shower. 

Left my stuff in the cabin and went to get something to eat. Prices on the ferry were not the cheapest so I went for the cheapest option. There was a sandwich shop and I ordered a panini. Actually it was so big that I couldn’t finish it.

Went back to my cabin and sat down. I wanted to go on my phone and find out about any good roads that I should do on my trip, since I never really had time to do any route planning. But not long later I got text message that I reached my monthly spending limit of £80. My phone bill normally is about £40/month. It was costing me a lot to use data on the ferry. I can use my phone free of charge abroad, but I only just realised that it doesn’t work on the ferries.

There was no wi-fi in the cabin but I found some near the food shops. Wi-fi was very slow though so eventually I gave up and went back to my cabin. Had a shower and went to sleep early as I had nothing else to do. 

18/05/2017

Woke up about 8am. Ferry was to arrive in Amsterdam about 9am. Got ready and went to get quick breakfast. 

The plan was to get through Germany during the day and ride around Black Forest in the afternoon/evening, then find place to camp.

It took me most of the day to get through Germany. Finally got to Baden-Baden around 5pm. Stopped at the service station to get something quick to eat (Burger King).

Then I continued to Black Forest. It wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. There were some nice and twisty roads, but views were not any special. 

Here’s the video:

After 2 or 3 hours of riding around Black Forest it started getting dark and I had to find some place to camp.

I found a campsite at Lake Constance (Obersee Bodensee). It was near the border with Austria which meant that I could head into Austrian Alps the next day.

And here’s the trailer of the whole trip:


40 Comments

Insider Post · December 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Very inspiring!

Nepal Kailash Trekking · December 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm

It’s amazing, nice pictures. Thanks for sharing it.

Tim Hailey · December 23, 2018 at 2:38 pm

thanks!

Marc Kent · December 24, 2018 at 10:05 am

4300 miles over 11 days. That’s some going Roxy. Massive well done on everything you have achieved so far.

fhmukto · December 24, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Good Initiative roxy,,hoping your tires on the roads of Bangladesh.

coffeemugpacman · December 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm

This is absolutely incredible! 7000 km! You are so badass 🙂

Jasbir Chatterjee · December 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Wow, I love your guts and your spirit of adventure!☺️

sababbles · December 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

Your adventures are unreal! I’m so happy I came across your blog, im definitely living vicariously through these posts

bigskybuckeye · December 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Wow! An amazing trip, and you overcame some obstacles to continue on.

chromaticvoyage · December 25, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Damn you must have such bravery to do this ❤️❤️

javaqueen · December 25, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Wow! So impressive, I cannot even imagine – and so young too -GOOD FOR YOU!

HARRY.J.POTTER · December 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Amazing

karmablogsabouteverything · December 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

I must admit, its pretty cool!

Chandra · December 28, 2018 at 4:39 am

Wow! I love your adventurous spirit! I wish I had a little of that when I was your age!

Fahim Muntasir · December 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Very Impressive❤

stuartpics · December 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Nice trip, I did UK to Gibraltar and then the South of France on a 1972 Triumph Bonneville in 1973 , I don’t recall a single day of the 19 days where something didn’t need mending on the bike or me. Honda’s are much more trip friendly – Enjoy

Shibani · December 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

Your travels are amazing. Keep going girl 💓💓💓💓💓

Girlgirlcedar · December 30, 2018 at 10:32 am

Wow. You did this on your own! So brave of you. I am scared to ride my bicycle in the nearby park without training wheels let alone a bike from one country to another alone.

Colonialist · December 31, 2018 at 10:55 pm

You really do have an adventurous spirit, and you aren’t daunted easily. That chain on the previous one would have had me worried out of my mind.

a piecemeal adventurer · January 1, 2019 at 2:46 am

Great trip Roxy, I’m planning to ride to the Balkans this coming summer

Felipe Adan Lerma · January 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Wow, reminds me so much of our youngest girl’s travels. You are a brave girl and quite industrious! Great pics, great travel mind-set! 🙂

Jessica-Joy Hampton · January 2, 2019 at 6:12 am

Wow! What a story! I want to be that adventurous!😍

budingtaba · January 2, 2019 at 12:39 pm

What you are doing is so cool. I wish I can do that as well.

Stephen Harris · January 3, 2019 at 1:22 am

A great story. I traveled (via Volkswagon van) with my family from Amsterdam to Lausanne when I was 9. Not as adventurous as your trip, but memorable. And I know nothing about motorcycles, but that looks like a sweet little whip!

Aneka Williams · January 4, 2019 at 6:52 am

I’ve always wanted to travel, heck, even get on a motorcycle! This is REALLY inspiring because I’d never decide to be so adventurous

millie · January 4, 2019 at 7:58 pm

you mentioned that the black forest wasn’t as impressive as you thought it was going to be. Would you recommend against travelling over for a short holiday there then?? great post by the way!

    rtw_roxy · January 4, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    No I certainly wouldn’t advise against! Roads were still great and scenery, well I was there in the evening, it was still light but was starting to get dark. I was focusing on the road, corners etc and didn’t go exploring ‘deeper’ into black forest. I only spent few hours there in total. I’m sure that if you go there for longer than that you will enjoy it more!

Lauren · January 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Wow, I admire how you just pack up and go on an adventure by yourself; that’s awesome!

Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad · January 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Wow, so inspiring! Can’t believe you had the guts to do this at such a young age, I couldn’t even do it now!

LibertyCBell · January 6, 2019 at 10:15 pm

So cool

Aviott John · January 7, 2019 at 7:27 am

Nice going Roxy. I have an acquaintance in India who races motorbikes for a living; I think for Honda. You might want to connect up with her on Facebook. Her name is Shruthi Nagarajan.

John McVey · January 8, 2019 at 4:47 am

That was an interesting trip – bit of a disappointment on the Black Forest. Loved all your photographs which makes me wonder why you came on here to a small town in South Australia, a State larger that most countries in Europe, bigger than Texas and Alaska yet the highest peak is only 1435 mtrs. and the bulk of the State pretty flat. You are, of course, very welcome. It seems, from my reading, that it is the journey that is important, not the destination. My longest ever trip was about 2200 miles from here to Sydney and back/

Eliza · January 12, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Epic journey! You saw some amazing scenery. Loved the videos!

Roger Baker · January 14, 2019 at 4:56 am

What an amazing adventure you are having. I lived in Portugal for 3 years: lots of beautiful country (hint hint).

luckysketch · January 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

I really wanted to go Austria.

Mark Bruhwiller · January 17, 2019 at 1:43 am

Loved the vid mate

Valerie Serrano · January 19, 2019 at 3:23 am

Beautiful! It’s great to be so free and having the solitude of you, your bike, and God. God bless you.

GITRC · December 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Wow!!! Your adventures look absolutely amazing!!! Inspiring!

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