Croissants, logistics, cake, Lowestoft and carb-loading
It was only natural when planning a big cycle challenge like my brother Rob and I are undertaking that carbohydrates would occupy our thoughts. Where better to load up with a few tonnes than at the loaf?
Earlier on, my last minute packing habit had already necessitated some pre-carb-loading with croissants. I find they help me think. Good job too as James Watt had plenty of questions for me in my live interview on BBC Radio Derby (listen from 10:30am). We did like the four 'bread-related' songs his listeners chose in the run up to my interview. Our favourite was Janet of Whatstandwell's choice: Seven seas of Rhye by Queen. Janet P. was that you?
I clearly wasn't the only one doing some thinking...Hector, our young spaniel, had obviously noticed things being loaded into the van. He definitely didn't want to be left behind and took up his position a good 45 minutes before we actually closed the doors and set off! First stop was not too far off...the loaf, Crich. I think you might know it! We picked up some sandwiches for lunch, some cake for the journey and got some last minute good luck wishes from staff and customers. The support has been terrific.
Our journey to Lowestoft was smooth and uneventful, though having enjoyed our sandwiches on the move, we decided that a tea and cake stop was in order so we pulled off the main road and took a minor detour out to the Sir Peter Scott East Lighthouse on the mouth of the River Nene. Lovely little place to take a walk with the dog on to the Wash nature reserve. Needless to say we also enjoyed our cake from the loaf...not fair to include what we had in the official Cake Review though!
On arrival in Lowestoft, we quickly found our AirBnB accomodation and were welcomed by Lorraine and Dennis and shown up to their Top Floor Flat in their lovely town house, just one street back from the sea. It turns out that Dennis has been living with Prostate Cancer for four years so he was really pleased to hear that our total has by now reached over £5000 and is still climbing. Keep making donations if you can on my Justgiving page as it is for people like Dennis that we are about to set off on this ride.
After a quick walk on the beach (Hector's loved his first run on sand...he wasn't sure about the sea though!), it was time to tuck in to our dinner. Carbohydrates dominated of course...Spag. Bol. in great heaps washed down with hydrating squash. If you look closely on the table in front of me you will see a Pain au Levain, sliced and spread with butter and pesto before being wrapped in foil and heated in the oven. Just the ticket!
After more sorting of bags, pumping of tyres, re-checking of kit and studying of the day one route, we tucked in to Lorraine's delicious hand-made Famous Orange Biscuits.
Cake Review: Lorraine's Famous Orange Biscuits
Like a cross between a shortbread and a tea biscuit, these thin, crunchy, buttery biscuits are cut like petticoat tails and dusted lightly with caster sugar. The orange flavour is subtle, but present and the biscuits go well with a cup of tea...as all good biscuits should! Thanks Lorraine and we wish Dennis all the very best with his continuing fight against Prostate Cancer.
Only one sleep to go before wheels hit tarmac. Keep reading, keep donating - we really appreciate the thoughts and good wishes.
Andrew and Rob (with Rog and Hector)
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