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.
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.
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.