Today was one of the most stressful days and it was also one of the most relaxing. Let me explain. I had to find my way out of London, and believe me that was a real pain in the neck. I only had to ride about 45 miles but I wound up clocking more like 65 because I kept getting lost and having to back track. At one point I went around a big round about 4 times. I'd get back to the starting point and think, "Hmmm, this looks familiar..."
Dealing with crazy London traffic while trying to follow a map is something you have to experience to appreciate. After a couple of hours of that, my eyeballs were spinning in opposite directions. Finally I pulled over and called my host, Sue, who with her husband, Andy, offered to come out and lead me in. I was never so happy to see their smiling faces waving from the car, I felt like sobbing.
Sue loaded my panniers into their car and Andy rode ahead of me and kept me together. Andy is an electrical engineer but he rides a lot and is one of those natural athletes who could probably give a big time racer a go, but he held back and shepherded me to their beautiful house in Maidstone. Sue was waiting with a cold beer and a dinner that was to die for. The table was overflowing with a feast fit for a king. Sue is a teacher, but I think she missed her calling. Her talent for great cuisine is only topped by her ability to make a totals stranger (me) feel right at home.
Tomorrow I head for Dover where I'll stay with another Warm Showers host. I know it will be a great experience, but right now, as I sit in Andy and Sue's home, on this nice soft bed with a full stomach and a fresh shower, I don't know how it could top this evening.