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Dieppe to Charleval

Monday, November 12, 2012

Didn’t manage to sleep at all on the ferry from Newhaven. Why is it that they seem to make the most uncomfortable seats for these ferries? It’s like they don’t want people relaxing too much!

I arrived in Dieppe at 03:30 local time. It was freezing cold and so I decided to camp on the grass beneath the cliffs outside the ferry port, due mainly to being well and truly shattered. Slept over and didn’t get off until 10:00 a.m. riding into a tough headwind as I headed immediately south. Sun was trying to pierce the clouds, but sadly failed and it even started to rain.

This first day fully loaded has really been a wake up call. I never imagined just how difficult it would be to cycle carrying around 70kg of kit and I’d spoken to friends of hoping to achieve something like an average speed of 24 kph (15 mph) on this journey. Well I can safely say not a chance, a more modest 16 kph (10 mph) is going to be challenging enough. It puts into perspective the efforts of all those other adventurers who have cycled fully laden and I have a renewed sense of admiration for them.
I still managed the 49 miles, but it was a harder effort than I really wanted on my first day. One thing I’m certain of, it will get easier as I lose some of this fat and turn it into muscle! 🙂

No pictures today, to be frank it was pretty grim both weather wise and with the scenery, although I did enjoy the nice quiet back roads. You can see the route here:

Dieppe to Charleval

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