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Matt Cook’s Cycle Trip

Concluding the story of this epic trip around the UK …

Saturday 16th October – (Day 47) –

111.2 miles, 970m climbing, 7.5 hours. Left Whitstable and cycled to Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Dungeness, Rye, Hastings and then on to the Pevensey Bay Cannon Campsite. Dry and cloudy with occasional sun and a cross headwind for most of the day.

Steve and I did virtually the same route although we skirted most of the towns. We went into Rye and had a walk across the salt marshes out to the beach. The tide was too far out for George to swim!

We went out for a meal at the Harvester at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour tonight - a bit like Gunwharf with a harbour, shops and restaurants.


Sunday 17th October – (Day 48) –

Can't believe it's the last day.

Matt cycled 92.6 miles, 797m climbing, 6hrs 3mins. He cycled from Pevensey Bay to Eastbourne, Seaford, Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor, Fishbourne, Havant then around Hayling Island (first time in over 4000 miles he nearly got knocked off his bike by an impatient driver) then to Farlington and up Farlington Hill and home. Another dry day with a bit of a wind. He arrived home at 3.45pm.

Steve and I drove along the A27 and visited some friends in Rustington then took George for a walk at Langstone Harbour before going round to Matt's to welcome him home. Tasha had put banners up on his house.

Just been out for a meal with Matt, Tasha, Shane, Josh and Kayla to celebrate his homecoming.