Dorking to Charing
Dorking to CharingApril
As Peter has reassured us at breakfast this morning the trip from Dorking to Charing was pretty much flat! There were a couple of steeper climbs, but it was nice to cut through some miles earlier in the day.
Somehow we were still on the road for 9 hours, and we have no idea how that happened…we did take quite a long lunch break.
Today, with it being so flat for 30 miles we it could’ve been the best day possible, but we were faced with some adversity. First of all Stew’s rear light has stopped working which is really frustrating and shouldn’t have happened. We’re heading to a bike shop tomorrow and we’ll have to send the current one back. Secondly I fell over … TWICE! Firstly just stood still with the bike, one foot clipped in, the bike moved and I went with it! The second time I was climbing super slowly up a very steep bank, I weaved into the ditch and when I tried to recover I ended up hitting the deck for the second time! A bit of a bloody knee, and nice bruise on the left leg, but nothing our AMAZING AirBnB host Hilary couldn’t solve!
AirBnB is a little more advanced than warm showers and it has a “Superhost” award. AirBnB explain that
“Superhosts are experienced hosts who provide a shining example for other hosts, and extraordinary experiences for their guests.”
To say that Hilary, is a super host is an understatement. Hilary and her husband are so welcoming and accommodating, possibly the best Airbnb stay yet! On arrival Hilary and her husband quickly settled us and addressed my bleeding knee with a full first aid kit! Once that was all sorted we retreated to our lovely room with en suite so we could freshen up after 70 miles on the bike. Hilary very kindly washed our bike clothing and gave us access to the kitchen, although she pretty much cooked the entire meal for us! Not only this Hilary has been lovely to talk to! We’ve discussed Hilary’s travels, of which there is quite a bit and her love of her old camper van. Hilary and her husband have throughly enjoyed nights away in their van and hope to get away in their caravan.
It is impossible for Stewart and I to thank Hilary and our previous hosts enough for everything they have done for us. We will remember them fondly as we continue with our journey! All being well, if we end up cycling from Paris to Shropshire we will call by a second time.