A week away in the Peak District, without a pair of wheels, has given me a welcome break from the saddle, but now it’s time to get a few miles into the legs before Sunday August 29th.
With a particular focus on our parish community, the fund-raising has moved ahead by leaps and bounds. As I write this, the total both paid and promised is over £3,270. Whatever the total is at the end, it will be sent directly to the Claretians in Port-au-Prince to help with the re-building of their elementary school. If you have donated to this worthy cause, I thank you sincerely on their behalf.
Forever committed to keeping my luggage to a minimum, I have decided to substitute my sleeping bag for a sleeping bag liner (formerly known as inner sleeping bags) which I can use anywhere blankets are available and, on a warm night, might feasibly be used ‘en pleine aire’, assuming it doesn’t rain, of course! The new microfibre ones weigh only 200 grs, a great saving on weight.
My first day will take me to the Youth Hostel at Gillingham in Kent, well in excess of 100 miles, and leading me to contemplate my crossing of the Thames, which seems to be logically over the Dartford Bridge. That will be a first for me! The second day compensates for the first, with a ride of only 26 miles to Canterbury, and time to take in the history and background of the northernmost point of the Via Francigena. The following day will see me down to the ferry port at Dover, and then onwards to Rome! Is it unreasonable to hope for a constant northwesterly for the next two weeks?