We're exhausted. Packing up a one bedroom flat mysteriously took two weeks. And not just because I have so many clothes. We were on the go from morning to night. I imagine this is what it's like to have children and never sit down. (Anyone who is currently a parent please feel free to quote that back to me when I do actually have children and discover that this was in fact a walk in the park in comparison.) As I speak AM is trying to nap while my Father conducts a louder than usual phone conversation downstairs with an aged family friend. It's the third time the phone has rung since he retreated to our room looking drained. The sound of a landline ringing is an unfamiliar one to us. It feels intrusive somehow. There's no way to silence it and no way to know who's on the other end! How weird and wrong that seems.
On the drive outside sits our gleaming new home, named Eddy after the great Eddy Mercx (we were only recently acquainted after AM bought me a book about the Tour de France. Presumably so that when we follow stages 16 onwards in July I won't spend its entirety asking questions like 'so why is he wearing red spots?') Eddy has been showcased numerous times over the last few days to the delight of AM. He has a new toy, not least one that is the envy of most people, especially men with babies and wives who have looked longingly at the expanding roof mechanics, rear bike rack and detachable table, then returned to their homes looking ever so slightly more pained than when they first arrived.
The plan is to depart the UK tomorrow or Thursday (no official Channel Tunnel booking has yet been made. Which I'm totally fine with, obviously. *whimpers and swallows OCD medication*) drive straight through to Belgium for the LBL (I know cycling acronyms now. This is alarming) then from there head into Holland and arrive in Amsterdam in time to celebrate Queen's Day, for which my sister is flying out. We will be resplendent in orange. After the last few weeks of mania, hopefully also so relaxed that we won't need to visit a single coffee shop for herbal assistance.