Thursday, 18 April 2019

A Friendly Visitor...

Last weekend we had a visitor who came and camped for a couple of nights next to Eva the Eriba...
It was my friend Peter Calcutt....

Over the years Peter and I have had lots of adventures together.... Some of our many backpacking trips include the Pennine Way and various routes in Wales and many more wild area routes too many to mention...

Then there are the many cycling trips we have had together including a couple of enjoyable touring trips in France....

When Peter was here over the weekend we managed to fit in a nice cycle ride up on to the Purbeck Ridge near Corfe...the views from the ridge always make the uphill sections worth the extra effort required.

While he was here we spent the evenings reminiscing about our past adventures including the night we spent in a haunted bothy...

Since Anne and I have been travelling in Eva Peter has visited us in Devon... Dorset... Somerset...Suffolk and even while we were pitched on a site in Lincolnshire.

The tent that Peter used for his weekend camp with us which can be seen in the photo is a Hilleberg Akto which has been one of the best backpacking tents available over many years....

There are some tents that are lighter and others that might offer a bit more space but the Akto is a very reliable shelter that has been popular with backpackers for year round use since it was first introduced in 1995..

For many years it was the gold standard for solo all season expedition quality tents...
I still own an Akto and will probably use it on the cycle trip that I am planning in Europe next year...

If you look at the background in the photo of Peter with his bike and tent you will see a mainly empty camping field.....
One thing that you can be sure of is that it will not be empty this Easter weekend....
The campsite will be crammed full..

Indeed .....caravans ..motorhomes..campervans and tents have been arriving all day and tomorrow even more will arrive.

It could well be camping hell......
I will let you know how we get on.



4 comments:

Dave said...

I'll look forward to your cycle camping trip, as its something I've never tried as I've never fancied camping after a day in the saddle. Although I can see the attraction I prefer a hostel or B&B. Some of our club members cycle camp on their own trips and this year for the first time the club is running a cycle camp event from Cardiff to the head of the Thames and back through the Cotswolds.
Its holiday weekends like this that I prefer adult only campsites.

TrevorW🚴 said...

@Dave
On long distance routes like for instance Gibraltar back to the UK camping is the cheapest and most practical thing to do.... It gives you total flexibility so you are not locked in to any given days destination..If you are having a bad day...or that days route works out tougher than expected you don't have to struggle on to a booked hostel/BB as you have the freedom to just stop.
You don't have to rough it... You can just sleep in the tent use the camp sites showers and eat out. .
Even a full campsite will usually find room for a cycle tourist or backpacker....
Checkout the 'cycle touring pro' on you tube....
Unfortunately there are no suitable adult only sites in this location or we would be pitched up there....🙂

GreenComotion said...

So nice to have a friend come and stay with you!
I bet the camping ground is packed during the Easter Weekend!
Take care, Trevor!
Peace :)

TrevorW🚴 said...

@GreenComotion
Yes...it's always good to have friends come and visit...
The camping ground where we are currently is full...
Most of the Easter campers arrived Thurs/Fri and most of them will pack up and head back home on Monday....
I have to say that they tend to be more noisy and messy than the fulltimers or out of high season campers......