After settling our hotel bill at The Three Swans, Hungerford we were feeling seriously poor and were determined that today we would shake off the decadence of this ‘credit card’ touring and plan for a camp site for tonight. After all, the definition of credit card touring in cycling terms is to travel very light only relying on hotel accommodation – we have travelled fully loaded and still relied on hotel accommodation, not even benefiting from lightweight steeds… The day, weather wise was to be probably the best since we started, almost continuous sunshine, with a few clouds to give the odd respite which is welcome when riding, the wind was NNW. Which meant if not on our side, was usually behind us. All these things made us fairly content to pitch camp at the Lower Foxhanger Farm, just down hill of the famous Caen Hill flight of locks. The latter gave us the rare treat while cycling of being able to watch others working harder than we were as the ‘bargees’ wound their way through this impressive ‘staircase’ . We encountered two other cyclists who were attracted to our laden mounts, they were from a club calling themselves the Somerset Levellers, who I looked up on FB, if only to see the photo they took of us :-). – they seemed impressed by our achievement to date.
We did have one last moment of luxury, when we stopped at an attractive pub for lunch – the Royal Oak at Wooton Rivers – expensive, slow service (they were not busy) – perhaps they lost interest when we ordered a ploughman’s between us? It served to strengthen our resolve to camp.
On to Bath (and beyond, we hope) tomorrow….