Day 5 (Gravesend to Calais)

The route was an undulating one to Rochester where a couple of hills really set us up for the day.

We then made our way down the A2 towards Faversham and by this time Marie and Paul had broken away from the pack and sped away. They paid the price later though as they hit Dover in a downpour and the rest of us avoided the rain.

The worst (or best depending on how you look at it) hill came at about 30 miles and was a long and grinding one. Then came the punctures which kept both our support vehicles occupied.

Lunch was in Canterbury, a beautiful place, and then the route took us to Ash, before we made our way to Sandwich and Deal. Sandwich is a lovely place and its always great to see crashing waves at Deal.

There was then the winding path up to the top of the white cliffs before entering the port (see the video on the Challenge for Change Facebook page).

Amazing performance by our cyclists again today who all made it to the ferry on time. Charlotte deserves a special mention for really digging in.

The evening meal was taken on the ferry, a very nice chicken curry pour moi (brushing up on the lingo).

Tomorrow is a long day (105 miles) to Amiens – bring it on!