Our Camping Trip May 2019

Camping at Camber Sands 22nd May 2019

I have been looking forward to this camping trip for months, This was originally going to be a solo trip but with a week to go my son decided to join me which was fantastic.

I like planning things and I love lists, I like to write lists for most things and this trip was no different.

My camping check list was 4 pages long of everything I was going to bring with me and which bag they would be located in so hopefully I would not forget anything (our last family camping holiday we drove the 140 miles to the campsite only to discover that I had forgotten to pack the tent of all things – my kids never let me forget this).

2 weeks before this trip I set my tent up in the front room to check that it is still in one piece and all complete, I was happy to see it was perfect Next was the dummy run to see if I could fit everything on my motorcycle, All great so far.

Wednesday morning came and we both finished loading our bikes, Just as we are ready to go we find my bike had a flat battery, bummer 😦

That’s what I get for only riding a few miles each day – My bike just does not get a good chance to charge the battery.

5 minutes of pushing the bike up and down the car park and we soon managed to bump start it – As I still had enough fuel for the journey I decided it was best to wait until I arrive at Camber Sands to top up so that the battery can fully recharge.

The journey was fantastic, 62 miles riding with loads of winding roads and variable speeds which made it so much fun.

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Just one stop on route for a drink and toilet.

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We did not arrive at Camber Sands until just after 6pm and it took a while to check in as the office was closed.

After unpacking and erecting our tents it was time to find a shop to buy supplies. This is where the fun really started as the nearest supermarket was just over 12 miles away.

The first supermarket we did not like as was over priced and not enough stock so we landed up driving another 3 miles out to a Lidl supermarket. This was worth the extra journey as we got everything we needed.

By the time we got back and fired up the BBQ it was very late and we were starving, When your hungry everything takes twice as long, it was gone midnight before the food was cooked but it tasted fantastic.

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Thursday morning I woke up around 6:30am,  I had a bowl of porridge for breakfast and then started getting ready for a 7 mile run along the beach.

When I left to go on my run my son also left to buy some more camping gas, When I finished my run I was surprised to see he had not returned. I went for a shower but still no sign of him. My son had to drive 25 miles to a Halfords as all the local shops don’t sell camping gas due to safety reasons!!! Took him nearly 2 hours to buy gas.

My son cooked lunch and I washed up – Sounds fair to me 🙂

My son’s friend popped down for a visit in the evening so we lit the BBQ again and also the instant BBQ we bought, We had a lovely feast 🙂

Friday morning came quick and it was time to pack up  and go home, We had such a lovely time and at £7.00 a night each we would definitely do it again.

 

 

5 Mile easy run with Tigger

Thursday 17th January 2019 I did not get to update my blog on Tuesday or Wednesday as I just ran out of time so my apologies if todays is a bit long. Tuesday I had gained 1 lb and Wednesday no change but this today I had dropped 2.2 lbs which is much better. Tuesday was strength exercise day. I did the same as Friday but slightly heavier weights, My daughter also done the workout with me which made it fun. I think increasing the weight slightly was the answer – I felt really good when I finished. Wednesday was my 40 Minute tempo run – made up of 4 minutes warm-up, 15 minute steady run, 3 minute easy run, 15 minute steady run and finishing with a 3 minute easy run. 5.05 mi 7:56 /mi 40m 3s Thursday afternoon was really busy, I had my usual oats, strawberries and banana breakfast was lovely.

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I spent the next 2 hours catching up on housework and getting everything ready so that I can start cooking dinner as soon as I get back from my run. This afternoon I had a 5 mile easy run to do so I thought I would bring my lovely dog Tigger with me. I have mentioned this before but Tigger does not like men taking him for walks. When we got Tigger he was pup and he has always been this way. Tigger would get very exited but when he gets 10 feet or so from the front door he then refuses to budge and sits down. If I try to give him a gentle tug then he would lay down, If I try again he would lay on his back with his feet in the air. This can be embarrassing and frustrating when you want to go for a run. Most of the time I leave it to the girls to walk him as it’s easier. Well today was a good day as he did actually let me take him for a run, Tigger tried to sit down once but changed his mind. We are half a mile from a park so we ran there, in the park I was able to take the lead off Tigger and he ran by my side the whole time. It was a fantastic run although my pace was a little faster than I intended. Total: 5.40 miles in 48:25 8:58 min/mi Today I cooked my very first vegan meal, a veggie-con-carne as Jamie Oliver put it, I am not vegan and have no plans to ever be but when I saw Jamie Oliver cook it I thought wow, this looks great. I don’t think it hurts to leave meat off the plate every now and then either (I know vegan is more than just giving up meat). The meal was really delicious but I put too much cayenne pepper in it, I loved the spice but my wife and daughter was not so impressed, my wife even got a can of drink out off the fridge and stuck her tongue onto it to cool her down lol. As usual I made extra so I can put in tubs, freeze and eat at work for lunch. Well I ran out of time to do a strength workout at home so I bought my camping mat (perfect size, cheap and comfy) and done my workout on my break at work, I have a 20 minute break just after 9 so down goes the mat, off comes my shoes and I do a fantastic bodyweight workout. It takes just under 10 minutes and leaves me with enough time to pack the everything up afterwards 🙂 Well I am off to sleep now, Night all