We are off !!

On a sunny morning outside Twickenham Stadium, a few of our friends gathered to watch John Owen, the president of the RFU, wave us off from under the golden lion gate.

Conditions were perfect, and we made our way in good time across South London to our first stop, Footscray Rugby Club in New Eltham. Here, the chairman, Barry Lewis, presented us with a Footscray rugby shirt to take to their nakesake club in Footscray, Melbourne.

Guys, we will do our very best to ensure it gets there, we will not guarantee its cleanliness.

After arriving and departing from Footscray Rugby Club pretty much on schedule we headed off towards Dover. Less than 1 mile down the road, we were met by another good friend, who took no time at all to detour us for a tea stop with free bacon and egg sandwiches!! Thanks Terry and Elaine 🙂

Sufficiently fed and watered, we pedalled on into the early evening managing to park up in Rainham, Kent for our first “night” in the open. We smuggled our tent and gear into a disused field and setup camp and feasted on cheap pate and bread. However, having no experience with this type of camping, we discovered a few flaws to our location selections.

Lesson 1 – don’t camp next to a street lamp,

Lesson 2 – don’t camp on noisy twigs and rabbit holes.

Lesson 3 – tie down your tent properly so you don’t wake up everytime a flap of tent moves in the wind.

They say that 6 hours sleep a night is enough for anyone. By next Thursday we will have had a total of 6 hours sleep unless our survival techniques improve 🙂

Day 1 – distance pedalled 93km, cash spent – £3.69, hours sleep – negligible.

Sunday morning we decided to arise from the rabbit holes and snappy twigs at 4:30am.

In pretty much relentless rain we pedalled on the final 65km to Dover. We were determined to test our bike maintenance skills here in the UK, so I (Tom) duly cycled directly over a nice big rusty nail. We then set a personal best at changing a tyre, definitely under 1 hour, I promise….

So here we are, sitting in our accomodation awaiting tomorrow’s ferry, cold, damp, gagging to get into our room to make coffee for free, and smelling a little like wet dogs.

Day 2 – 65km before 11am, cash spent £0.00 (yet), Rusty Nails in the tyre = 1.


3 Responses

  1. Glad to see you made it to Dover, the roads will be much kinder once you’re in Europe. I’m sure after a few more days you’ll be so tired you can sleep anywhere! Miss you already 🙂

  2. Goodbye and good luck to you both. We will be thinking of you all the time and look forward to reading all your updates.
    Thanks so much for picking Rays of Sunsine and helping us to fulfil more wishes.

  3. Hello, Jodie and Tom:

    Hoping everything is going well so far.

    Tomorrow, we’re off to see Mark Beaumont, record-breaking cyclist extraordinaire in Felixstowe (of all places) for an evening that will, no doubt, be jam packed full of inspiration and motivation.

    Meanwhile, Mr M’s Land’s End to John O’Groats trip begins a week today, so a weekend of panic buying Lance Armstrong-endorsed undercarriage ointment, Kendal Mint Cake and even more energy drinks is on the cards!

    Best wishes to you both and looking forward to hearing about your continuing adventures.

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