Thanks folks. I know its a daft plan…
It’s as dry as anything right now. As in today, but we’ve got a bit of rain forecast for the weekend. It’s so dry though that it might still be alright and there’s plenty of wind forecast to dry it.
In fact, you could probably do it west – East this weekend barely pedalling.
Wind will make or break the trip, the mud, (save at the far western) end is never that bad.
Temperature wise, it was T shirts again on Tuesday night’s ride.
You’re not wrong about the wind…
I wondered about mud at the western end, I thought it might be worse, thanks for the tip. I’ve only really been on sections east of Butser. I used to commute home over Truleigh Hill-Devil’s Dyke regularly, and though it got a bit greasy after rain it wasn’t too muddy. I completely avoided it between October and April though!
tarp in summer: the mosquitos eat you up. You crawl into the sleeping back to protect you. Bake to death. In the morning the face is swollen from all the mosquito bites. If you are lucky the ants were too stupid to get into your sleeping bag.
tarp in winter: the mosquitos and ants hate tarps in winter time. All gone.
But the night will be still VERY crappy. That’s the unhappy part.
A big fire might improve the situation? Had a look in the internet. The trail is beautiful. But no trees. Makes the fire option more difficult so.
Sadly fire isn’t part of the plan on this trip. Can’t carry a firebox, and inappropriate to leave a trace of any fire.
I’m used to lurking under a tarp in all weathers, so not worried about that bit, and have good warm PHD sleeping bag and a bivi. Comfort wise, its getting dry if we get soaked that’s the problem, but will have a change of base layers and a limited amount of other clothing inc down jacket.
I have also remembered our solution to the (lack of) alcohol on a previous trip to southern Sweden where we had to carry the canoes a lot. Pre dropped caches! I’d better not mention it on here or there will be folk wandering the downs looking under bushes….