Jeremy Goss Back to Bayern Day 2

It's been an unbelievably hard day – but finally to paraphrase Arnie, rather than Arnhem...'I'm back!'

It's been an unbelievably hard day – but finally to paraphrase Arnie, rather than Arnhem...'I'm back!'

Day Two of my Back to Bayern rides has seen me return to the town where Norwich started that fabulous 1993 Uefa Cup fairytale where we won 3-0 against Vitesse Arnhem.

But it's been hard going, to put it mildly. The road signage out of the Hook of Holland was diabolical and sent us zig-zagging on cycle routes all over the place before we got our bearings. I reckon it's put at least an extra 20 miles on what should have been our 107-mile ride, and meant we spent 11 hours in the saddle to arrive at a rain-swept campsite.

The plan had been to visit Vitesse's new GeireDome stadium when we arrived here – but frankly that's going to have to wait until the morning we're so cream-crackered.


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Arrival at Arnhem is also where I say goodbye to my biking companions for the last two days, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and ITV Wales features producer Mike Talbot. They were great company as we've cycled through Holland, and Norman in particular gave me a fascinating insight into what it's like to be so close to the centre of the Cameron-Clegg coalition.

Norman and Mike have been marvellous travelling companions, but from here on in, it's just me, and big Mark Walton, the ex-Canary and Fulham goalkeeper who's already becoming an indispensible driver, sage and all-round good guy in our back-up mobile home.

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He's already rustled up an unbelievably good pasta meal and as I write is trying to come to grips with the gas connection so we can have something else to eat before kipping down for the night.

It's raining, and it's cold – a world away from our sweltering send off in Norwich, which I have to pinch myself to remember was only yesterday. But rest assured, we're in good spirits and tomorrow, as Scarlet O'Hara famously said, is another day.

Don't forget, the whole purpose of this ride is to raise funds for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, a local charity for local people that does fantastic work without any state funding. You can donate via Virgin Money Giving on www.nnab.org.uk, or at www.jeremygoss.co.uk/back-to-bayern/.

You can also follow my pedalling exploits on Twitter.

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