Blogging at 23:00 on Tuesday 19th July from intended overnighting spot N 52.30926°, W 00.03218° / http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:52.30926%2C-00.03218
In spite of our best efforts to mitigate the effects of starting this trip on the day that saw the hottest temperatures ever recorded in England, it's still uncomfortably stifling in the truck tonight.
We postponed our original ferry crossing to avoid the worst of today's heat and didn't hit the road until around 7.00pm yet in spite of this seemingly rather sensible precaution, the heat remained relentless. Even now - at 11.00pm - it's over 30 degrees C outside.
Compounding the heat, and because we're at the very splendid Fen Drayton wetlands (been here numerous times before), we're also under sustained attack from millions of biting insects.
Of course, thanks to luminaries like Donald Trump and Jeremy Clarkson we can be confident portents-of-apocalypse such as the general trend of the earth's temperatures rising to the point where we're seeing 40+ degrees Celsius in England are purely natural events, and there really isn't anything to worry about.
In the circumstances then, it seems perfectly logical to head for Greece and Bulgaria overland, in the height of a wildfire-ravaged stinking-hot summer in a crude old truck...
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