We docked at Harwich at 6:15 and if our plans were going as they should we’d probably be riding through Colchester by now. Unfortunately, Mike discovered a small crack in his titanium bicycle frame a few days ago and so we’ve changed track and caught the train into London so that we can take his bike back to Condor Cycles in Gray’s Inns Road. Hopefully, they’ll sort it, although it will probably be eye-wateringly expensive and take some time – so another train later back to Bristol beckons.
On a more positive note, our unexpected detour means we can go and see Mike’s mum Gwen in Potters Bar, she’s not to well at the moment so it will be good to see her. We also get a second breakfast in Look Mum No Hands – a fab cyclists’ café in the east end. They have a lot of Tour de France themed things going on right now, including TDF themed mugs and macaroons. If I can persuade Mike (who thinks that we have far too much stuff), the mugs could be coming to a kitchen cupboard near us soon, (but as you can see from this video he may take some persuasion!)