Goldhanger – Rendlesham Forest
1379 feet climbed
2058 calories burnt
Cumulative miles cycled = 3,445.65 miles
Today marks the sixtieth day that we’ve been on the road – I think we’re all suffering from cabin fever and just want to get home now if I’m being honest. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I thought that would be the cycling – it turns out the cycling is the easiest part ;-)!
As we stayed in the gateway to a closed campsite last night, we had to be up relatively early to vacate the spot. The rangers at Osea Park who own the campsite were kind enough to let us stay in the spot and fill up the water tank, so that made things a lot easier as there was no campsite or anything for miles!
It was another incredibly cold night, I keep forgetting that we’re now in October and I expect it to be nice and toasty when we wake up. We got moving pretty sharpish as the weather was meant to rain in the afternoon. Now we’re in Essex, moving into Suffolk, the terrain is definitely leveling out; we no longer have any undulations to worry about each day. Saying that, it makes for dull cycling as you can only see the road in front of you and no view to either side.
It all went a bit wrong today in terms of the route, as we were meant to reach Harwich and take a ferry across to Felixstowe and then from that peninsula across to Bawdsey. One of my twitter followers mentioned the Bawdsey ferry was only operational at weekends, so over lunch (at Holland-on-Sea) I rang to check the first ferry from Harwich. On the internet it looked as though the ferry was still running, but when I spoke with the chap, he said it had closed for the winter – not good news!
In the end we decided on a plan to meet the Motorhome in Harwich and for them to transport us to near Woodbridge (north east of Ipswich). They would then drop us off just east of Woodbridge to cycle southeast towards the Bawdsey ferry docking point, helping us make up the miles we missed on the Felixstowe peninsula.
Unfortunately, as we were in the motorhome driving along, the heavens opened and it started to pour. This made our minds up and we decided to cut our losses and pitch up to the campsite we had booked at lunch, a tad earlier than expected. We received a wonderful reception from the owner at Forest Camping Ltd in Rendlesham Forest, the campsite had fantastic facilities and if it weren’t so cold and wet when we arrived it would have been nice to explore the surrounding forest.
Dinner was a treat; Harry cooked another favourite of mine, steamed egg! We had it with ribs and brown rice! Then it was early to bed for us all, as we want to make the most of the good weather forecast for tomorrow to make up the mileage we missed today.
Please remember that Kirsty Medlock and her Dad, Stephen are cycling the 4,400 miles round the coast of Britain to raise £10,000 for Clifton’s Children Society (CCS) Adoption, the agency that facilitated an adoption for family friends. Please follow this link to donate as much as you can http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycling4adoption
Many, many thanks in advance!