It took a few hours to get to the Isle of Wight (IOW), but I wasn't bored for a second. I had plenty of friends to talk to and lots of ted-citing things to see on the way. I got passed along the coach and chatted to everyone, mainly about all the exciting places I'd been to (or Grandad Travelling Ted had been to - he was once knocked over by a red squirrel on the IOW!). Everyone was really looking forward to going, and when we got to Portsmouth we gave a loud cheer - it was ted-tastic!
The Spinnaker Tower was the first thing we saw - it was huge! I think I'll venture up there one day with my Cousin Travelling Ted as he loves heights, apparently you can see the IOW from there. The tower got nearer and nearer, then nearer and nearer again as we got closer and closer to the ferry. Look out for this as you approach Portsmouth.
There was a bit of a wait for the ferry. It was interesting to see how they got the coach on it though, when the time arrived to embark. Once it was on, we got off and headed for the lounge. This was totally ted-tastic!! We sat and ate lunch then watched from the window as the IOW gradually got larger before our startled eyes. Remember to bring your packed lunch!
On the way back we were able to go out on deck - I was nearly blown away by the sheer exhilaration of this, and by a very strong wind. Hold onto your hat if you get a chance to do this!
The ferry journey wasn't as long as I thought it would be and I had to quickly gulp down my ted-tasty orange juice as we were told to head back to the coach. Back on the coach, we started singing and then we erupted with our loudest cheer yet as we saw the PGL Little Canada sign. The coach rumbled into the car-park and I set my paw on the PGL path for the first time.
My first experience of the ferry made my tummy feel a bit weird, but it was amazing and I felt better after eating (I was, obviously, hungry). Just like during the week away, you will face many challenges - just have the courage to do them, and trust in your friends for support. Top Ted Tip - remember, Teds are great for hugging.