I biked to Portsmouth and found that due to a fire damaging one of the ferries on the Spain route all of the passengers booked on that had to be rescheduled to the others, so they are full for weeks. I found there was an overnight ferry to St. Malo, so I got a cabin on it am in France now. I have a new French phone number and don’t expect to use the English one any more.
New French phone number: redacted
I’m biking to Rennes this morning with no further plans yet
Later that day:
Rode all day in the rain yesterday between St Malo and Rennes, 95 km, and got the last bed in the hostel by calling a couple of hours before arrival and playing the sympathy card.