Homewards Bound

Homewards Bound

A Story by Wild Rose
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Bound from Rotterdam Euro Port for Hull

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Homewards Bound

leaving Rotterdam Euro Port bound for Hull on the overnight ferry


Black Forest: Switzerland: Dolomites; Grossglocknerhochalpenstrass; Austria; Netherlands.

Our holidays are over Waste Water and toilet are empty; Drinking water and fuel tanks are both filled: tyre pressures and oil levels checked: gas bottles turned off > All ready to roll. It is over 12 weeks we left UK tomorrow we will dock at 05:00 in Hull


We arrive at the ferry terminal early > time to make a meal. Turn the gas on again. We will have the last of the bacon and an egg. Small frying pan and kettle required

We watch the trucks rolling past as we eat; they have to pass through customs before loading so use a different entrance. Meal eaten wash the plates and frying pan with the remainder of the hot water, stow them away.

Now just await them to open the gates, get our documents ready, it does help if they dont have to wait for you to collect them; the stall arrive, we move to the front seats. The lady opens her serving hatch and beckons us forward. Passenger window open documents passed through. “Thank you everything in order here is your boarding card, place it in you front window; take the far right hand Number 5 lane”. The lane has a heading over the gate 'Vehicles over 2.5 meters only' another wait.


Two men come round can we check your gas is turned off please “any more passengers” they request as they check the gas cylinders “No only two of us”

The gate is opened “Follow the directions from the marshals” The marshals have dayglow orange jacket and indicate the direction to take.


Before us was a huge open chasm with a metal ramp lead ing up to it. I had to change down a gear, we were travelling too slow to take it without. Once inside we were directed to the far end of the huge open space of the car deck, then turned to go back down the opposite side. Facing the exit. “Switch off your engine: apply the hand brake and leave it in first gear. Turn your alarm off: take anything you will require on the journey, you cannot return untiL we are docked in Hull, are there any other people with you ? “No just two of us” “Right remember to lock all your doors”


We found our cabin then went on deck to watch the trucks being loaded _ marvelling at the drivers loading in reverse right across the dockside area. There was little else to do none of the bars or cafes would be open until the boat was free of the dock and underway. We watched as the ship sailed down the channels into the open sea.

Homewards Bound

leaving Rotterdam Euro Port bound for Hull on the overnight ferry


Black Forest: Switzerland: Dolomites; Grossglocknerhochalpenstrass; Austria; Netherlands.

Our holidays are over Waste Water and toilet are empty; Drinking water and fuel tanks are both filled: tyre pressures and oil levels checked: gas bottles turned off > All ready to roll. It is over 12 weeks we left UK tomorrow we will dock at 05:00 in Hull


We arrive at the ferry terminal early > time to make a meal. Turn the gas on again. We will have the last of the bacon and an egg. Small frying pan and kettle required

We watch the trucks rolling past as we eat; they have to pass through customs before loading so use a different entrance. Meal eaten wash the plates and frying pan with the remainder of the hot water, stow them away.

Now just await them to open the gates, get our documents ready, it does help if they dont have to wait for you to collect them; the stall arrive, we move to the front seats. The lady opens her serving hatch and beckons us forward. Passenger window open documents passed through. “Thank you everything in order here is your boarding card, place it in you front window; take the far right hand Number 5 lane”. The lane has a heading over the gate 'Vehicles over 2.5 meters only' another wait.


Two men come round can we check your gas is turned off please “any more passengers” they request as they check the gas cylinders “No only two of us”

The gate is opened “Follow the directions from the marshals” The marshals have dayglow orange jacket and indicate the direction to take.


Before us was a huge open chasm with a metal ramp lead ing up to it. I had to change down a gear, we were travelling too slow to take it without. Once inside we were directed to the far end of the huge open space of the car deck, then turned to go back down the opposite side. Facing the exit. “Switch off your engine: apply the hand brake and leave it in first gear. Turn your alarm off: take anything you will require on the journey, you cannot return untiL we are docked in Hull, are there any other people with you ? “No just two of us” “Right remember to lock all your doors”


We found our cabin then went on deck to watch the trucks being loaded _ marvelling at the drivers loading in reverse right across the dockside area. There was little else to do none of the bars or cafes would be open until the boat was free of the dock and underway. We watched as the ship sailed down the channels into the open sea.


© 2017 Wild Rose



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