The routes all planned, I've worked out where all the places I'm staying in actually are (the Ramsgate Travelodge was particularly tough to find on a map), the technology has been tested (so I can blog when I'm away), got an app so I can shout at my phone and it'll take pictures hands-free in the car, just got to print the directions, clean the car, and actually pack my suitcase. So that's it really! Will update you tomorrow from Torquay.
What's that? Oh, I haven't done the plan for days 12 and 13. Well, I know where I'm going, but I should let you know too really shouldn't I?
Route for day 12: Great Yarmouth to Ramsgate
(215 miles, approx. 7 hours)
Day 12 starts by heading south out of Great Yarmouth towards Ipswich and across the epic Orwell Bridge. Through Colchester and bypassing Chelmsford there's then a lot of faffing around. In and out of Southend, through Thurrock and Grays and eventually onto the A282 to cross the Thames at Dartford. Yes, for the uneducated, the Dartford Crossing is not part of the M25, said motorway starts and finishes a little bit either side. It is tolled though, my last toll, bringing the total to 8. The total cost for them all is about £15. I've also realized that that Tamar bridge is free to get into Cornwall, which means I'm only paying 7 tolls. Which is enough really.
Through Gravesend, Rochester and Gillingham and then onto the A2, the final of the single-digit A-roads. This leads me through Sittingbourne and Faversham before heading north to Whitstable and Herne bay, through Margate and down to Ramsgate.
Route for day 13: Ramsgate to Worthing
(119.3 mi, approx. 4.5hours)
Easy day to end with. Down through Deal to Dover then Folkestone, then it's pretty much
the whole way back to Worthing. There's a little bit of A269 that is closer to the coast in Bexhill, but that's it.
Directions for day 12:
Directions for Day 13:
- A259 to Worthing, A269 in and out of Bexhill