Day 12 A Day off in Harwich

Friday 17 April 2015

Rest day
The Pier Hotel

I had a lie in and didn’t get up until 7.30 am and then it took another 2 hrs to dry my tent. Fortunately Jackie and Dave were on hand to feed me tea and toast and let me sit in a comfy chair. For anyone that thinks this is a luxurious lifestyle here is a photo of me in bed this morning. Don’t knock the hat, without it I’d be freezing!

Me in bed – it’s cold camping in April
I had decided to take the day off as my friend Sally had agreed to meet me so I wanted to finish early. I could only get as far as Harwich today anyway because the ferry to Felixstowe only runs at weekends. As the route was mostly on roads I thought I’d treat myself to a bus ride instead but, better than that, Jackie and Dave gave me a lift. Sally and I went for a nice lunch in a greasy spoon cafe and I kept popping out to do my washing at the laundrettes. I felt like I was in Eastenders! The afternoon was an opportunity to do more planning for next week (which takes ages at the moment) before a sumptuous meal in a posh restaurant. After camping all week and my belt requiring tightening an extra notch I figure I’ve earned it.

3 thoughts on “Day 12 A Day off in Harwich

  1. Chris Frazer April 17, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Juice get hold of a bivvy bag…the moment that purple sleeping bag gets wet or soaked in condensation you are scuppered…….it will also keep you warm as well dry…..

    Nice hat BTW……..Oh how I laughed……..

    On on Marshal of the Air Madam Melchet……


    • Lucy April 18, 2015 / 6:59 am

      Hey Chris. Glad you liked the photo. I always look my best in the morning! I did contemplate getting a bivvy bag but I think I would feel a little exposed. Can you imagine booking a campsite “what sort of tent do you have?”, “erm, I don’t, I have a slug outfit”. I would attract even more stares! I thought a bivvy bag was more suited to wild camping and, for now, I want campsites with facilities and I want to put my stuff in my tent in the evening and head to the pub. I would want a bag big enough for my rucksack too and the issue ones are really heavy. I’m getting better at drying and packing the tent so I’ll persist for the moment.


  2. jstumm April 17, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    Ah ha, another question answeres – where will she do her washing…


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