Quick post on how my first day went! Smooth sailing for about 40 miles and then hit a wall when my energy levels dropped and I became very aware of the weight of the bike (14kg bike + 36kg luggage). Going to have a bit of a prune before leaving on the ferry on Sunday, I’ve been a bit overzealous with spares (I don’t really need to carry a spare tyre in Europe as I have tyre boots etc.).
About an hour of rain early in the day made me glad of the money I spent on decent waterproofs, the same rain also reduced a half mile sand section of the UK’s cycle route 20 into quick sand but I made it through. Not the most scenic of bike routes but reaching the “Welcome to Brighton” markers was rewarding! A few pictures;