Thursday 4th August 2011
Well, it rained all night, the tent sprung a couple of small leaks and I'd still got fix the exhaust on DVO!
Those were the first thoughts when I woke, but then I cheered up, it was only 07:00 and (as he went to bed the night before) The Nutty Navigator had vowed to be 'up and at it nice and early' to help avoid loosing too much driving time. All we needed was for the pair of us to be up and dressed, me to get on with the exhaust, Aaron to cook breaky and then break camp together; away by 09:00 hrs if we got our fingers out was my conclusion.
In the words of that song about the ant......high hopes!
Aaron got up, we did breakfast and he went back to bed whilst I patched the exhaust. I did the washing up and eventually got Aaron to get up again so we could break camp in the pouring rain. We finally left the Thetford Camping and Caravanning Club site at around 11:30 hrs!
Despite this, once we had got going we made good progress, even though the rain kept coming. All was well until The Nutty Navigator dozed off and I tried to navigate for myself using the notepad and pressed the off button whilst moving it, yes back to the events of the previous day. I continued by printed map, successfully driving the next greenlane but then trying to be clever by using the itinerary I'd previously programmed into the TomTom for each day to navigate to the start of the next lane. Unfortunately on deciding which waypoint in the itinerary represented the start of the next lane I got it wrong and opted for the end of that lane. The up shot was Aaron waking as we came to a halt just through a gateway looking down a hill at what looked like the rear of a stately home of some sort. Moreover the green arrow signs I'd been following now looked like markers for some event or other that was either to be or had been run from the stately home, going by the combination of marquees in a field adjacent to the house and the large white board now visible in my rear view mirror next to the gate we'd just come through. It had three different coloured arrows (one of them green) pointing towards three different tracks leading away from the far side of the gate! We made a hasty retreat, retraced our tracks through the sandy lanes back to the end of the intended lane.....where I'd started it!
This was the only lane of the day we missed and with Aaron awake again and the memory map working we continued without incident making it back home for 17:47 hrs, a whole 13 minutes earlier than intended.
The lanes of day 3 proved to be pretty much the best of the trip and the day did confirm that around 100 miles per day on this type of route is quite feasible.
The final statistics for day 3 are:-
95 miles covered,
6 hours 2 minutes from departure to finish (this includes a very short lunch stop)
Maximum speed 50.4 mph,
Average speed 15.8 mph,
10.5/11 lanes driven.