Best thing: Seeing my first line being created on my Garmin tracker map (you can also follow it if you go to the menu and tap on ‘Where is Kezia?’
Weirdest thing: There was a huge amount of police presence at Heathrow airport as I cycled past, including foot patrols around the outer perimeter. On the cycle path I tried to be friendly and smiled to a pair of policemen – I did not get the same response back. Pretty sure I was mistaken for an Extinction Rebellion protestor – my bike would fit the sort of description – I did feel like I was being monitored!
One thing I’ve learnt: Road cyclists are less likely to wave at you when you’re not on a road bike – I feel I’ve been shunned!
What next ?: Tomorrow I have a short day cycling to Dover. The ferry is not booked till the next day. Starting slow. Marathon not a sprint……etc
Thanks a lot for the support I have received over the last couple of days with many words of encouragement and queries of sanity! It’s great to hear how interested people are in the trip.
I had a really lovely day on Monday as all the family got together for a mixture of an Easter celebration and a farewell, the whole family was there and my good friends Kirsty and Jon popped in which was great.
I got the bike fully packed and weighed it – bags and bike are 50kgs. Not sure what I was expecting, but I think that is fairly common for this sort of trip. I’m sure my legs may disagree over some big hills but I can always send items back if I’m not using them.
I left the house after a few hugs and kisses at just after 8am. A huge shout out to my friend Claire who got up at 4am to then drive to Reading to see me off! Completely mental but fully appreciated.
Day one has been good. I’m still learning about the bike but really happy with how fast it can go and how stable it is, even with all the bags. Headed directly East and after Heathrow I verged slightly South. Negotiated my way through some busy areas, including Windsor, Kingston Upon Thames and Croydon before popping out onto the much hillier North Downs. Remarkable how quickly you can be in the crazy urban areas and suddenly be surrounded by fields and hills. About 50miles into the day I remembered I had about a kilo of crushed up Easter eggs in my front pannier – so tasty when you’re hungry. Crossed back out of the M25 loop and cycled into Maidstone to meet my Auntie and uncle who have kindly fed me and allowed me to shower and sleep in their home.
I’m not a huge writer but prefer to make videos – you may have noticed. Unfortunately videos take a while to put together, so I’ll keep blog updates short and get videos out as and when I can.
Thanks again all.