Land’s End here we come!

Trepidation had set in – 14 nights in a camper van with my 3
grandsons – it’s going to be tough but I think I’ll make it – they might not!

We left home at 11.30. After 150 yards we parked up and after 3 or 4 trips back to the house we were on our way. It was all a bit of a panic and the first 5 miles was spent stopping every mile or so to check that we hadn’t forgotten anything. We’d got as far as Reading and Lesley wanted to stop for a coffee at M&S services. She was complaining about traffic coming onto the motorway so I gave her some advice on driving. I wish I hadn’t. It was going to be a long journey.

We slowed as we approached Land’s End. Partly because of the narrow lanes and partly because of the massive bloody hills. The engine really laboured under the strain. Oh boy!

We got to to the site at 8pm and ordered dinner at the burger stand. It was quite good with a surprising variety of food. I settled for sweet and sour chicken with double rice and then ate everything the kids left.

We’re all living a bit too close for comfort in the camper van. Not much space and everything needs to be taken out to find anything.

The site showers weren’t up to much and when I got back to the camper van at midnight my sister-in-law Vicky was in bed asleep, Lesley had fallen asleep at the table – which was going to become our bed and the kids were arguing over the TV.

We assembled the bed. Mmm a solid mattress. I got a good 5 hours sleep and woke up as stiff as a board.

What would the following day hold?


About marmiteman

Marmite man will be cycling 1000 miles over 10 days from Land's End to John O'Groats raising money for Mark Carey. My wife Lesley & grandsons Jake, Callum and Dylan and their Auntie Vicky are the support crew - not that they will be around during the day!
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3 Responses to Land’s End here we come!

  1. hotcolin says:

    David and crew I wish you all the best in this undertaking.
    When you read this you’ll have finished day 1 and be in the ice bath preparing for the challenges of Day 2 and 3. I wish I could be with you for the next couple of days, but for what it’s worth, my thoughts are with you as you cycle along the beautiful English coastline, plus up the odd 1 in 3 while I’m sitting in an office doing typing geeky stuff. Take it easy on the downhills and have a splendid time.

    Good luck HC

  2. Kevin says:

    Hi David
    By now you should be coming to the end of your second day of cycling. I suspect, from your intial Blog update, that you are starting to find this the to be the calmer and happier part of the day(I think that 6 of you in the camper van is braver than Lejog). I hope the weather has been kind and that you are enjoying the journey so far.
    Thinking of you and the family regularly. Best wishes!

  3. Alan Isaacs says:

    Soaking the sun up in Portugal so a good time to see how you are doing.I guess you must be on your third day now and i’m sure the pressure and the tiredness are starting to kick in but hopefully all your many hours of training are paying dividends.Lesley by the way how is David doing ?

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