Fourteen British men who had celebrated a bachelor party in Amsterdam were unable to go home last Saturday because their flight from Schiphol was cancelled. Rebooking and arranging alternative transport proved fruitless. But the men couldn‘t be caught for one hole.
After some calls around, there appeared to be another option to get home: first catch the train to Calais in France and then make the crossing to Dover by ferry. But once on the train, there appeared to be one problem: pedestrians are not allowed on the ferry for safety reasons. And so the men decided to go to Dover as cyclists.
Brussels and Lille
Those bikes had to come from somewhere. For example, part of the group bought second-hand bicycles in Brussels, where the train stops. The rest of the group managed to get a bike during the next stop in Lille. “I spent two hours on Facebook Marketplace closing deals with people who sold bikes. Prices went from 40 to 220 euros,” says expectant groom Alex Sisan (29). “Then we ran around town for another two hours to pick up the bikes.”
Only one partygoer failed to get a bike. Once he arrived in Calais, he was allowed to sit in the car with a couple to make the crossing on the ferry. The other men were allowed, on their bikes, all on board. Just before midnight, the group finally arrived in Dover. With taxis and hitchhiking, the men all came home that night.
British newspaper The Mirror describes it as an “epic journey home of 370 kilometers”, and the groom calls the return trip to England “the icing on the cake” of his bachelor party. “Of course, it was a stressful experience. It looked like a Top Gear challenge or something from a movie.”
One of the groom’s friends tells the newspaper that the group spent at least 400 euros per person on the adventurous route. An easyJet spokesperson tells the newspaper that the airline will reimburse “all reasonable costs” incurred by the men.
End well, all right. “It‘s a brilliant story I’ll tell at the wedding,” Sisan says. “And hopefully to my children – and their children, too.”