Wow what a start to the trip. I got about 5 hours sleep on wednesday night. Started thur well catching the 6am ferry rather than 630. Everything fell apart just past Chichester when the hire car I was driving broke down.
After the AA came out and after much debate 7 people caught the train. The rest continued in the remaining 3 vehicles. We arrived in Dover just in time to buy tickets for 7 of us to cross channel on foot while the rest waited for the
train group to arrive. We just made 6pm deadline for car hire pickup! Once the rest arrived we grabbed bread and cheese from a hypermarket and headed towards Belgium. Nearly got stopped just into Germany by a massive police roadside search. Fortunately got waved through. Finally arrived at our first overnight to a warm welcome from the youth pastor despite it being 215am. The boys found me a real bed in a room on my own. What a nice bunch of lads!