MiscellaneousTravel

Trying to finish reading a book.

I feel I've been a little lazy in the last few months by not updating my blog on the travels I have had in the van. The fact is, I have been away almost every weekend since April and do not seem to have found the time to write on here, however, I am now regretting the fact I have not kept a record as it's always good for me to look back and see what has been done. Therefore, I am going to write up on a few weekends and start planning for further trips away this summer.

The first weekend I'll pick up from is 23rd April. I never actually stayed overnight on this weekend, though having spent most weekends since the winter improving my garden I felt like getting away. I had been reading Kook by Peter Heller, having started reading it while I was in Portugal last year, it was time I finished it so looked to find somewhere I could sit quietly in the van. I also had to take my summer wet-suit back to Sorted Surf in Boscombe, Dorset to have a rip repaired so decided to take a trip to the south coast.

The surf forecast had hinted that there may just be a little bit of swell getting through to Boscombe so I took my surfboard with me just in case, and sure enough, there was just about a wave to have a bit of fun on, the first of the gentle summer looking swells I love on my longboard.

Two guys were already surfing the only spot that looked worth getting on but fortunately by time I had changed, they decided to get out. I had a good little mess around for an hour or so, having not been in the water for a while, it was worth it, particularly as I was there anyway.

Once out, I thought about reading my book here by the water, but it was so busy it didn't feel like somewhere to just relax.

A very small swell, some sets were actually bigger, just didn't get them on picture.
A very small swell at Boscombe Pier, some sets were actually bigger, just didn't get them on picture.

I figured I needed to get away from the urban areas of Boscombe, Bournemouth and Poole so headed west towards the Purbeck Isle, the contrast is amazing. I found a small layby just outside Swanage and took a walk towards the coast path, finally finding a nice bank to sit on that looked out over Swanage. The spot was perfect and for an hour and a half, just a couple of people came past.

Looking our across Swanage in Dorset
Looking our across Swanage in Dorset

In the end I never actually finished the book on this day, it wasn't until the next day when I decided to tak a drive up onto Salisbury Plain that I finally finished it. Definitely worth a read for anybody into surfing, it's a real enlightening story.

Parked up on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain at sunset
Parked up on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain at sunset

Kook by Peter Heller
Kook by Peter Heller

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A complete self-confessed VW nutjob. My VW T4 is actually my first and only VW I have ever owned but I love it. Having bought my van as a straight forward panel van, I enjoyed the process of converting it how I wanted. Now the van is all done, it's getting out and exploring I love to do.