Thursday 12th September- Bognor Regis to Neufchatel-en-Bray France via Newhaven. 63 miles.

Decided yesterday morning to go away on another tour seeing as I’ve not been on one since I got back from going around the world.
I was originally going to do this trip back in June, but the weather was so nice at home I decided to stay put and enjoy it! But now the weathers turned and the days are getting shorter it seems like a good idea to head south to hopefully a bit of a warmer climate!
Hectic day yesterday after making such a late decision, there was quite a lot to do packing, sorting the house out, banks, work and making sure the cat was going to be fed, O! And telling friends and family I was going away! Think I managed to get it all done, apart from checking the bike out!
Nice early start today I was up at 3.30am to cycle the 30 odd miles to Newhaven. Left home at 4.30 and was in Newhaven by 8 o’clock, nice easy ride with just a bit of drizzle but nothing to really worry about.
The ferry crossing was very smooth the channel was like a mill pond.
I was going to camp in Dieppe tonight but I met 6 other cyclists who were cycling to Paris, they seemed to be having the same problem as I do, not being able to find the right road out of a city, so I decided to tag along for the amusement, after all it was still only mid afternoon and the route they were looking for was an option for me to take. It didn’t take long before they found it, once we found it I realised that I was a few miles from the campsite I was going to stop at so decided to continue along this route. It’s the London to Paris cycle route and runs along an old railway line. I said goodbye to the six other cyclists as I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep their pace up (they were on racers with no luggage) although I did spend the rest of the afternoon playing the hare and tortoise, they’d zoom of and then have to stop for some reason then I would pass them, then they’d zoom past me again. This went on a few times until I found a campsite for the night and stopped.

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