I am so glad I figured all this out today, on the first days cycle from mum's to dad's, so I can leave half of what I brought today (which I don't need to take to Ireland with me) and collect it when I come back through with my trailer en route to Dover.
The main issue today was that I had far too much weight on the front of the bike meaning that just keeping the bike straight was putting such strain on my arms and shoulders. I had pins and needles in my hands for the first couple of hours - not an enjoyable experience in the slightest. I could not simply transfer the weight from front to back as the back was already overloaded itself. A trailer is the only option as I am going for so long and I have already stripped my kit down as much as possible. Unlike many who go cycle touring with little weight, I will be taking hiking boots, for example, with me for when I am working on farms and when I fancy doing something other than cycling.
Now that I have emptied and repacked my panniers, the weight is so much less, meaning that tomorrows cycle to London will, hopefully, be a much more enjoyable experience. In the meantime, I will choose the trailer and get it delivered in time for when I pass back through here on my way to Dover. Sorted!
I did manage to snap a couple of pics today for your enjoyment :)
|Totally overloaded and ready for the off.|
|A bit of an understatement that's for sure!|
|Surely not, unless it's just to go in the tea! The Council equivalent of leaving the Christmas decorations up all year round I guess :)|