Our First Full Touring Day

DAY 2 – It took a while to get ourselves organised and ready to sleep the night before, but having eventually gotten comfortable, we slept surprisingly well, especially considering it was the first night in the tent since last July.

We woke to overcast skies and a heavy morning dew, which combined with the rain from the previous evening, meant that we took a while to get packed up and ready to go as we were careful not to get anything wetter than it already was.

We left the campsite at 10am, crossed Colchester and headed out into the Essex countryside, making the short journey to Harwich where we aimed to board a ferry that evening.

The riding went well,again using the back roads on a route planned beforehand using Google Maps which took us through acres and acres of flat landscape. We passed mainly brown fields, recently plowed and sowed before winter sets in.

Everything went smoothly until Yami’s front tyre got a puncture. Oh well, it took a little longer than expected to change the inner tube but we got back onto the road soon enough and completed the 15km remaining to Harwich in short time.

On arrival in Harwich we bought tickets for the night sailing to Hook of Holland on Stena lines, which cost GBP125, but that included a cabin for the night, and went to Morrison’s to buy lunch. It so happened that Morrison’s had a garden, so we took the opportunity to kill a few hours and dry off some the tent and some other wet stuff while soaking up the afternoon sunshine.

Not boarding until 8pm, we made our way to the check in gate and waiting area, where I took the opportunity to catch up with the first few days events on the blog, which is where I currently sit, waiting to board the ferry to the continent!


  • Route: Colchester to Harwich
  • Distance: 42km
  • Time: 4 hours

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