My first attempt at a declared flight, Monksdown to Osmington and managed 30k of the 43k required.
Just because you have set a goal and you should be flying faster does not mean you should leave a good climb and head out.
Leaving the hill early in the day can be both rewarding and a PITA as you soon run out of good sky.
Slow down and take stock of what is ahead especially if you are having to crosswind.
Fun is fun, however short and sweet - enjoy.
Blandford Forum has a great bakery and coffee shop, very pleasant to sit in the shade and people watch.
Having a bus pass is a great bonus, it's new and a real novelty!