Disclaimer: Due to the number of comments that have been received it has been felt necessary to clarify that this trip is in no way based on "The Long Way Round" which the authors of the trip were not aware and nor was it first broadcast of at the time at which this trip was drunkenly conceived. The authors of this trip would like to distinguish their intended trip from the journey undertaken in "The Long Way Round" in that unlike Charlie Borman and Ewan McGregor they are not experienced riders (they have both only been riding motorbikes for just over one year), they are not receiving sponsorship and they will not have a support crew with them at any point on the journey. Just to avoid any further confusion it has been thought that it would be helpful to point out that Tom Horovitch and Peter Caley are both fictional characters and are not famous film stars.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Day 1 – De Panne, Belgium – 161 miles from London

Driving north from Calais up the coast we stumbled across De Panne on a mission to find petrol on day one, which also happened to be a bank holiday in Belgium. De Panne is a fairly smart but clinical feeling seaside resort in Belgium which is also home to a theme park called Plopsaland. We gave Plopsaland a miss, but having no pre-booked accommodation for day one (or any other day on the trip for that matter) we were very pleased to find a centrally located campsite where we set up camp for the night. Once this was done a seaside bar served us well for a few hours. Back at the campsite we were completely perplexed by a metal bar which was deliberately positioned right over the toilet seat in an outside toilet.


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