the forest of dean, there are loads of campsites around there
which is correct...in the summer, but - as we know - only people who are hard or stupid go on a practice expedition in the middle of February. Thus the campsites are nearly all closed. We did eventually find a few places to stay, mainly thanks to Hereford rowing club, Ross on Wye rowing club and a private land owner. This did however mean that the distances we had to travel were not even for each day:
- Day 1 = 13 miles
- Day 2 = 18 miles
- Day 3 = 28 miles
- Day 4 = 20 miles
At the end of the day - as well as putting up tents and cooking dinner - we also had to shuttle the vehicles to the correct places for the next day. This involved about 2 hours of driving the land rover and car (because the buses were at TA SKI...but that is another story) each evening, in the dark, along small country roads. 'How boring' you may think - and in one sense you would be correct - but actually it was a bit of time to think and collect myself after a busy day. Overall I really enjoyed the trip, and I (being slightly odd) particularly enjoyed the planning and preparation, and with copious amounts of lists for various things, we didn't forget anything (we think).