DSC00583DSC00584After all the hard work of getting rid of nearly everything it was a relief to be setting off on Monday the 17th June heading for Harwich and  a ferry to Denmark. Like all big moments it was a bit of an anticlimax, we were already thinking about the route ahead, the weather and how the bikes would handle.

We headed up National cycle route 4 to London and then picked our way through some small roads to join route 1. The ride up to London was fantastic along the Kennet and Avon canal. I think it is prettier than the route to Bath having the feel of cycling alongside a river rather than a canal. After the canal we followed the Thames and then through Richmond Park into London.


DSC00590Everything was green and on the 2nd day very very hot. We picked up another canal route to take us up through Lea Valley and out of London.DSC00592


The run in to Harwich showed that our waterproofs were up to the job enduring a couple of hours of torrential rain.DSC00595

The bikes were great once you got used to the increased load. Total distance 344km. The National Cycle routes are a brilliant way to explore the UK. We weren’t expecting much on this first leg but the scenery was fantastic and most of the route was off road.

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