Well we’re back from our long weekend break at Center Parcs at Elevedon Forest, Suffolk. We’re tired but very happy. I can’t believe how hard bicycling has become over the last 4 years since we were there before. I guess as I near the big five oh, I’m slowing down! I do not enjoy getting old!
What was amazing was that we departed on what will possibly become known as Monsoon Friday with torrential rain falling. The car was very heavy with 2 roof boxes , 4 bikes on the back plus family and more “stuff” inside. This was the first time that I’d had 4 bikes on the back as our youngest son’s normal goes inside our Fiat Multipla MPV. I was very surprised at what a difference the extra kid’s bike made to the balance of the car, but it still drove well even if we were forced to keep our speed well below the limits due to the appalling weather.
But after we had unloaded our stuff into the villa and I was riding back from depositing the car in the car park, the sun came out. And stayed out for most of the weekend. We never got wet once, but looking at the TV news each night we were amazed at how bad the south west of England was – it looked like the Indian subcontinent after one of their big storms with flotsam and jetsam everywhere.
We had a fantastic time with lots of swimming. The boys discovered the joys of water slides and were so tired when they fell into bed that they were asleep within 5 minutes and stayed that way for over 12 hours each night.
A brilliant break. And we didn’t drown!