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The first dry run

semi-overcast 6 °C

Lycra-clad and raring to go our date of departure is looming large and the panniers we need to cram everything into are looking decidedly small.

Rob, being the organised one in this outfit, has suggested we have a dry run – testing out our gear and making sure we can actually carry everything on the bikes (and fit it all in the tent) before wobbling precariously off on our adventure. Yes, a sensible plan. So Rob sets about planning a 60km circular route from Potters Bar, camping overnight in Hertford. The concern about pannier sizes turns out to be well founded as we work out that we have space for two changes of clothes…. for ten months. Me: panic rising, Rob: the picture of calm.

Friday evening ended up going pretty smoothly – the most challenging bit was getting the bike up the stairs at Finsbury park station and narrowly avoiding it being crushed by the closing train doors. Made it to the campsite before dark and even though our tent is absolutely tiny and weighs about as much as a paperback we just about managed to squeeze ourselves in, teeth chattering, for a night in the great outdoors on the coldest night in England since April.

Finsbury Park Station

Finsbury Park Station

Saturday was slightly less successful… we overslept so started off late and quickly realised that I had grossly overestimated my fitness level and found myself puffing up slight inclines in our lowest gear. If we can’t get up the Chiltern Hills then the Alps might be a bit of a pipe dream, or involve a lot of pushing! So we are now on a frantic fitness regime (running, spinning, squats, lunges etc). Too little too late?

Posted by mrs lewis 04:11 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged camping cycling preparation

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Well done for doing a dry run - although now the panic might have set in. So exciting.... counting down the days. x

by hollyk

It is great to hear how you are doing. The views are lovely but I am not sure I could manage to cycle far and I don't do tents. Walking up Cranleigh Gardens is a killer and walking up Boxhill in Dorking a few weeks ago which was almost vertical left me dead so I really do admire you both very much indeed. All is well at PPP and Mariana you haven't been forgotten. You would have loved the Ambitions Auction.

by Barney1

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