I took the Pan, as it has the rack to carry the freezer-box, and planned my route on Google maps. 115 miles, door to door, and an expected travel-time of 2:15 hours each way.
I set off at 6:15am and rode through the darkness to watch the sun rise around 7:45am. The journey took me along the A30, to the A35, then the A31, onto the M27 for a couple of miles, then into Southampton, following the signs to the hospital.
I arrived at the hospital around 8:20am and collected the milk from their "Milk Kitchen", as they call it. Below is a shot of the bike outside the hospital. I had just enough time for the feeling to return to my toes and fingers (the Pan's heated grips don't currently work!) before I set off on the return journey.
I set off on the return journey at 8:35am, and arrived at RD&E around 10:45am. You can see the bike parked outside the Women's Health unit below. The milk was received with thanks, and I headed home to get on with the rest of my Saturday!
Finally, here's a close-up of the Pan, filthy after a mammoth ride! Dan polished the bike to a mirror finish at the Christmas Fayre fundraiser, and I've managed to muck it up!
- Total journey time: 5 hours, including time in each hospital.
- Total mileage: 230 miles
- Total fuel cost: £27 (I started with a full tank, and filled up after finishing the job).