Across a
small pond.

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While my french improved in the last few weeks, it was always a bit hard. But now, England! I can babble, I can communicate, I can express. Such a joy! I decided to not follow the Eurovelo 1, but do the LEJOG instead. Land's End to John o'Groats. Seemed like a better challenge! This week was about getting to the south east corner of the UK and meet some friends along the way.
Where the 253 kilometers took me
Fri, 19. May 2023
day 66

Hello Great Britain! At last, I made it to the ferry and get to the UK! The last stretches of a part of the journey I always feel a bit like moving on, and curious for the new beginning. The ferry ride was very easy, got fish and chips and then found myself in Dover. The harbour was quite confusing, as I'm not used to ride on the left side. Luckily there was a little red line I could follow, which got me safely out of the area. And immediately in a very beautiful landscape. I was focused so much to stay on the left, that it seemed obvious to stay on the left when I saw a tunnel going steep downhill. Quite adventurous ride, downhill, tunnel, dark. When I arrived at the bottom, I realised that it was the wrong direction. So, up again. Arrived safely in Folkestone. Super cute little town and great to meet some old friends.

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Sun, 21. May 2023
Tue, 23. May 2023
Land's End to John o'Groats - start and finish

LEJOG is starting! And how beautiful it is already! Yesterday I spent a great night in London (thank you! 😊), had a nice bike ride in London rush hour (really) and took the train to Penzance. Biked to Land’s End, same route as today, but it’s so pretty, I could do it every day! The camp ground I was staying at was great! More wild, in terms of nature, less stuffy then France. And great showers/toilets as well. I was a bit worried about the roads and drivers, including myself, but all good! Can’t wait for the next days/weeks. It will be hilly, but if it is like today, a dream!

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Wed, 24. May 2023
Land's End to John o'Groats - street signs in Cornwall

Started the day at a great campsite. Ended it in one. Both were very much in nature and had great wildlife. From to bunnies to white owls, which I didn’t see. Close to tiny villages and spooky graveyards. Beautiful ride along hedges with tons of little flowers and even a little ferry ride. I went to the national trust to have a scone with clotted cream, I have a sweet spot for both. And had a Cornish pasty at the sea side.

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Thu, 25. May 2023
Land's End to John o'Groats - pie in Lostwithiel

Hills, sheep and pies. Cornwall was beautiful! Now heading into Devon. Great views of the Dartmoor, and surprises after climbs. Free roaming sheep and a herd of baby cows. France won’t like it. But the food here is great! A nice pie with bacon and egg. Sleeping in a pub tonight, I’m a tad scared of camping in Dartmoor.

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Mood: happy :)