Day 5

So day 5. Another day, another DC. None of us slept very well. Don’t know if was the aftermath of the stress from the previous day but we all looked like we had had a night dancing on the tables when we met for breakfast. I went down to the van at about 8.45 and Matt was massaging the shoulders of a woman in a wheelchair. Not what i was expecting to see when i left the hotel. It turns out Matt was sorting the van out with Peter. When they put the bikes and collection buckets on the floor she asked what we were doing. When they explained, she asked if she could have a massage and donated £20 to the fund. What a start to the day!

We left just before 9.30 and set off at a cracking pace. An hour in, coffee stop at a Harvester in Maidenhead. On again to Rickmansworth where Karl insisted on stopping at Wimpy. We contacted Welham Green DC and gave them an expected arrival time, earlier than expected. We arrived around 2.30 and was let straight in the yard where we were met by Leigh Sutton, Shift Manager who showed us into the canteen where the whole shift was waiting to greet us. Another really warm welcome from everyone including a collection bucket with around £200 in it. On top of that another fantastic buffet. While we were in the canteen the van was taken and filled with diesel. We left the canteen and used the facilities of the VMU to clean the bikes and the van. A big thankyou to Leigh and the team.

The hotel was only around 5 miles away so a simple ride got us there around 4pm. A fairly uneventful day that proved we are getting stronger each day. Very few aches and pains today. We have now visited 3 DCs, 3 stores and 2 countries. We have also covered 300 miles. Only another 1000+ plus to go. Tomorrow sees us go to Thurrock DC and on to Harlow. We have someone riding a static bike for 4 hours for us at Harlow Metro in the afternoon so we want to stop off and see him too. Never a dull moment........

Simon