It was my last proper ride in England! The first 10 days have flown by. The last leg before France looked okay on paper but in reality it was tough. The day was kick started by the bright morning sun hitting our faces as we opened the van door. Perfect weather me thinks. The usual breakfast routine with porridge rituals and stretching (not at the same time) ran smoothly. A French family next door were the first to receive the new European leaflets. The Dad kindly wished me well and the best of luck for the ride. I’ve had loads of positive feedback from fellow campers. Raising awareness is certainly going well! Dad and I set off as usual and turned left along the beach and cycled towards Folkestone. The weather was glorious and the route perfect as we gently tootled along the gangway. Check out the snaps below!
I continued on my own and biked inland. I pedalled through Hythe on the Cycle Route 2 and then back along the coast again up to Folkestone. I managed to navigate my way through Folkestone and started to head uphill. It was quite a challenging climb but once I reached the top the views were spectacular. I was now cycling along the cliffs on some dodgy terrain but it was all part of the fun. The view of the sea on my right was awesome! I was loving it!
Dover was waiting for me at the bottom of the hill. It was complicated to get through but I eventually found my way. I noticed I had to take Castle Hill Road…hmmm…hill was being generous. I climbed up and out of Dover and found myself in countryside again. Finally I arrived after a 47km ride with 700m of climbing. It certainly was harder than I was expecting but parts of the ride were stunning. I need some rest and to look after my hip now. It’s been a tough five days. I can’t believe it’s time to go to France! All aboard!