We were quite proud of the fact that, despite the weather, we did manage to have clean shirts, tee shirts, socks and UNDERPANTS every day. However this wasn't easy and took a lot of pre planning and judicious washing and drying.
I had the foresight [ he writes modestly] to take a washing line and pegs, and we found novel ways of rigging up the line using the bikes and trees.
Notice the skilful way in which we used the line to brace the bike and use it to create a washing line to the tree.
Airing clothes on a bench- it's amazing how having something like a bench to aid unpacking and packing can raise the spirits.
The main disadvantage was that we often didn't get to a campsite until way after seven so even if it was a sunny evening [ unlikely], there just wasn't enough time to get clothes dry.
Because we were always against the clock we had to devise different methods of getting drying our washing.
We found that in good conditions hanging the underpants from the handlebars as we bowled along was a highly effective method of drying them out. Perhaps it wasn't the coolest look in the world and one that I have yet to see Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins use, but it was effective and, as long as the pants were packed away at the first sign of rain, it did ensure clean, dry underpants for the next day.
Socks, shorts and towels were often tied to the panniers and turned every few miles or so to ensure that they aired and dried in the sun?! and wind.
Socks tied on ready to wave gently in the wind.
Iif there is a next time I shall take only dark coloured underpants- they are less obvious.
Obviously a good drying day- two pairs of socks and a pair of shorts.
Of course, finding a campsite with a washing machine and a tumble dryer did help but these were few and far between.
Sheltering with two other cyclist.