Since my last blog I have ridden over 1000km, taking me along the South Downs way to Dover and down the Western Front of the First World War. The weather has continued to try its hardest to dampen my spirits, with each day bringing both severe headwind and rain.
From Portsmouth I followed the South Downs Way to Dover, stopping in many seaside resort towns, including Brighton and Eastbourne. When I researched the trip I was expecting an ‘easy’ ride along this stretch, but the incessant headwind made it far from a pleasant flat ride. At times it took a lot of imagination… to battle the wind as I passed two long military rifle ranges I imagined I was in hot pursuit from armed thugs! The gunfire took me all the way to Dover, my last destination in England. It was during this coastal route that I tried WarmShowers for the first time – a special thanks to Matt, Kim and Antony for kindly hosting me in Worthing and Dover. Antony also gave me some extra cycling shoe covers which would be crucial for the rain to come in France and Belgium.
For my video of France and Wales click here.