Thanks Anja, nice pic of bananas and crocs
We left Putney Bridge at midday on Sunday, headed out down Garrett Lane, through Earlsfield and Tooting towards Croydon. The weather was fair but we were riding straight into a headwind which was challenging with a heavily laden bike and not being very aerodynamic. At the pre-departure weigh in Pierre was riding 62kg and John 54kg.
We made good progress throughout the day cycling nearly 40 miles. Just as the first rain drops fell we spotted a campsite and near Wrotham Heath and pitched our tents in a downpour. We tried to reason with Mr Campsite to allow us to make a fire for our braai and he eventually caved in and said we could do whatever we wanted. But in that torrential rain a fire just wasn’t possible. So we went to the pub up the road for dinner. The rain came down all night and in the morning we packed up camp in the pouring rain. Everything was muddy and soaked – great start.