Our 4am alarm was greeted by my room mate Nick Brown exclaiming "This is ridiculous!" - and I certainly wasn't going to disagree!

As we gathered in the hotel lobby ahead of check-in for our ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Caen, it felt like we'd had hardly any sleep at all.

At the terminal everyone was pretty quiet due to the long day ahead so once onboard most of us rested in comfy seats - as well as taking the opportunity to fuel up with a second breakfast.

Landing at Caen at 12.30 local time, we picked up and bikes and prepared for the 60-mile ride through northern France to Bernay. As the bikes were being unloaded the support team referred to mine as a ladies bike (I prefer the term 'unisex'), but thankfully Steve from Help the Hospices said he'd collect it for me to save embarrassment!

The first section of the day was a 25-mile stint to Croix des Authieux, and I've got to say this was my favourite part of the bike ride so far. Leaving the port we headed through the town of Ouistreham and then out onto largely traffic free country lanes through fields.

At this point the group was not yet spread out and so it was great to get a chance to speak to a few different people as we rolled along. I spent the first few miles with Oxford fans Christophe, Gareth, and Gareth's brother and birthday boy Liam.

There are six Oxford fans on the trip who had all previously met for a photograph at the club. A few of them are also recording a video blog and taking photos for the club's website.

After that I got into a group of four riders alongside Brighton-based Sheffield Wednesday fan Andy (there are a few Andy's on this trip!), Derby fan Jack and Oxford fan Matt. We set a decent pace through the rolling countryside, chatting about football and the teams we supported. We then kept each other going for the last few miles before lunch, and were joined for these by John Bramhall from the PFA and Gareth.

Luckily we had been going fast enough that we managed to arrive at lunch while the speedy guys at the front were still there. There are some proper cyclists in that group, including my room mate Nick, Peter and Steven from Watford, Mark who was a late stand-in for a friend (she is looking after his dogs in return!), and Roger and Mark from Forest.

Day 2 of the Arch to Arc challenge

They did say though that they had pushed it too hard through that stint and so would easy back a bit for the 17 mile ride to the next drinks stop. Not sure that they did!

But just as the front group were getting back in the saddle road the first drops of rain of the trip began to fall. There was a suggestion for some of the riders that it was just a shower and would pass - it didn't! And boy did it rain. For more or less the rest of the day it continued with showers interspersed with some really heavy downpours. Everything was soaked so much so that it will still be wet for the third day…

The ride after lunch was the hilliest part of the day, riding up through woodland as we progressed toward the drink stop at Hermival-les-Vaux. With the wet roads, the downhills became quite tricky to negotiate. The worst part of the route though was through woods along a bumpy single-track road.

I rode much of this section with Sheff Wed supporter Andy, that is until he got a puncture a few miles short of the drinks stop. As if that wasn't bad enough, once he'd fixed that just down the road he got another puncture on the other wheel! This time he had to resort to getting a spare tyre from the group mechanic Alex.

There was just 18 miles to go from the drinks stop to our hotel in Bernay and I tackled these alongside a group containing Stevenage fan Andy, Notts County supporter David and the team of Blackpool supporters Leanne and her brother Greg, Danny and David. Again, it was great to hear how they had all got together beforehand and put on a charity night to help raise money. They are already planning a reunion event!

We were only four miles into the stint though when David's tyre burst - yet another puncture! After what had happened to my previous riding partner Andy, David suggested maybe my presence was a bit of a curse...

The last stretch was a bit of a drag with Greg's hamstring causing him a few issues, so we paced it steadily to the hotel meaning everyone could put their feet up having successfully completed Day 2 - a top effort all round.

One rider who deserved to put his feet up more than most though was Derby fan Jack. He too had suffered a burst tyre, about seven miles from the end of the day's route. But refusing the opportunity to get a lift in the van, he instead ran with his bike all the way to the hotel so he could claim both he and his bike had completed the day! Quite something after the effort already put in.

Finally, to round the day off we all went down to the neighbouring restaurant and bar to watch the England versus. Sweden match - the final result certainly put a lot of smiles on faces and will be a good boost for us when we get underway in the morning.

On the final whistle Steve gave us the details for the next day's ride - starting with breakfast at 6am (that feels quite late after the last two days...), and then we ensured Liam did not get to leave without us having sung Happy Birthday to the newly 17-year-old.

All in all, a very long but great day. We're just hoping the rain and punctures stay away for our finale tomorrow...

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