The gods of semi-automated route planning were laughing today with a mostly glorious but occasionally frustrating mix of road, gravel, rocky paths, grass, sand and one completely overgrown chest deep farm track as I continued along the coast to Wittering and back inland to London. 32c slick tyres left me somewhat undertyred for some sections.
Back in to London down the little used cycle path by the A3.
Drinks at The Spit & Sawdust where talk was of blues music venues and the best places for fishing in South London.
A nice sharp climb out of Dover and a nice bit of gravel to warm up and start the day. Mostly fast flat coastal roads, paths and sea walls along the coast with 3 sharp climbs during the day to keep you honest.
The route takes you through seaside town after seaside town with the usual UK seaside mix of tatty gentility, tacky funfairs and lovely countryside.
Wine at the Jaaflong Tandoori (OK not strictly a bar but rules are made to be broken) where talk was of African adventures whilst bike touring from the UK to Cape Town.
Ducking and diving out of London in the morning via back streets, riverside paths, main roads and cycle paths. This part of Kent always feels very connected to London and I don't feel like I've actually left London until I'm in the country lanes heading towards Faversham.
The afternoon was spent tootling down the coast in the sunshine, mostlty on coastal paths of diverse and varied surfaces. Which was most pleasant.
Drinks in the Lord Nelson in Dover where talk was mainly of how much better Canterbury is.