Our journey was twofold, in as much as Marcus had a very different experience to Kim. For all of the difficulties of riding in the rain, howling winds and, eventually, stifling heat, he is the first to admit he had the easier task. Cycling uphills might be difficult, but it’s nothing compared to what Kim had to contend with in keeping Dorothy and Harrison entertained, being on the road to drop off supplies to Marcus and then being at the campsite ahead of time to have everything set up for when Marcus finished, usually after eight hours in the saddle.
It also meant that there were places along the way that the motorhome couldn’t go, given the remoteness of some of the roads Marcus was cycling on. So whilst Marcus had the joy (if you can call it that) of riding up Honister Pass, Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass in the Lake District, Kim and the kids had the genuine joy of visiting farm shops, swimming in streams and riding their bikes on far more leisurely paths.
Despite Marcus having the challenge of cycling the entire way to Land’s End, this did little to stop us enjoying the adventure as a family. All it meant was that most days Marcus had to leave very early in the morning so that by mid-afternoon he was back and able to enjoy the rest of the day with us. With our built-in rest days we were able to target certain areas to explore in more detail, and those who follow the Bailey Instagram account will have seen our top three places from the trip, all of which have a common theme – the freedom of being in the great outdoors. To us, that was the real joy of this trip, being able to walk and roam free in the mountains, meadows and hills, to swim in little rivers and brooks, all the while away from people and all that was and is going on in the world.