June 2020, a gallery of photos, that have been taken or added to the website throughout June.
It’s been a quiet month for new photos, with Garry spending much of his time at home. As a result, the majority of photos are from previous trips. But not necessarily photos that have appeared anywhere before. Many of the pictures are from the videos Garry’s been making using his Flickr photos.
Garry would have preferred to have been out and about on his bike. But too many tourists and strong winds put him off!
Let’s hope there’s more cycling in July, and the photos are a lot better than June’s effort! But don’t hold your breath!
Wales and Ireland April 2010
A cautious looking Indya
Hotel camping in 2011
Fishing boats in Portsmouth
A good sign that things are opening up
These were fine the first time I went passed
June 2020 update
On top of Col de la Schult France
Pisa June 2010
The campsite at Ancton
June 28th YouTube video
Garry’s Marin bike, a few years later on the Isle of Wight. Now with a front rack fitted
Looking down off my mountain!
The chainlink ferry between Sandbanks and Studland
Garry and Katrin had been in England, playing the tourist for a few days. After they’d finished their ride of the Loire Valley. But now they were going head to Katrin’s home in Switzerland.
After catching the early ferry from Portsmouth, they arrived in Le Havre. And as with most of Garry’s tours, there was no planned route. They would make it up as they went along! The only end game was to reach Katrin’s home in Sarnen, at some point!
It took Katrin and Garry two weeks to cycle the 800-miles to Sarnen. A very leisurely ride, playing the tourist as they went along. On route, they visited many of France’s most beautiful cities, spending their afternoons and evenings exploring the streets and sights.
Once in Switzerland, instead of cycling straight to Sarnen, they went on a detour to Zurich. Over the past couple of years, Garry had met several travellers, who had all said they were heading to Zurich! Garry wanted to see what the attraction was! And despite Katrin saying it wasn’t worth bothering with, they still went! She was right, there wasn’t a lot there! But the ride there was worth it!
After arriving in Sarnen, Garry and Katrin ended their cycle tour. Although they didn’t stop touring! They spent another week touring Switzerland by car, with Katrin as Garry’s tour guide. Before Garry flew home to England.
Sunday 28th June and another YouTube/Flickr video!
France 2010, Garry was heading back to France, to meet up with Katrin. The Swiss cyclist he had met on the way home from his tour of Italy. Garry had met Katrin when she was cycling Eurovelo Route 6 and had decided to join her. Unfortunately, after four days, Katrin ran out of time and had to return to Switzerland.
So Katrin could get home as quickly as possible they ended their tour in Orleans and caught the train to Paris, where they parted company. But before parting, they agreed to finish cycling Eurovelo 6 to Nantes together.
To meet back up, Garry caught the Eurostar from London to Paris, while Katrin caught the TGV from Switzerland. Once in Paris, they jumped on the train back to Orleans. From there, they continued their ride, towards the Atlantic Ocean.
After reaching the Atlantic and finishing Eurovelo Route 6, they decided to carry on cycling! And rode to Garry’s home in England. On route, they would stop in some of Brittany, and Normandy’s best cities.
This video shows some of the photo’s Garry took, while on their tour.
It’s not been a particularly busy month, but it’s still been good! I’ve been allowed to hold Indya again, with the introduction of “bubbles!” I went out on an excellent bike ride with friends, had a family meal in the garden. Social distancing observed on both accounts! Managed to get a haircut, and lockdown gets eased from next week! (July 4th) With pubs, restaurants, hotels and campsites all being allowed to open!
The government introduced support bubbles, and I was allowed to have Vicky and her family around, and not have to keep my distance! I was also allowed to hold Indya, it didn’t go too well though! Indya burst into tears! But then I suppose she’s only had her mum and dad for the past three months! Which let’s face it, is one-third of her life! It’s a bit of a shame because, before the lockdown, she was happy to go to anybody! Things have improved a bit, and she will now sit with me for a while, as long as she can see mummy! I thought it was going to be my excuse for not babysitting!
Out and About
Not too much to say on the cycling front, this month, what with not being able to go away. Although I did ride to Portsmouth (for a change!) and had a good time there, watching the boats coming and going in the harbour. On the way home I went on a detour to Bosham, it’s always lovely there. On the harbour road, there was a pair of swans with their cygnets. Who I passed by without any problem on my way to the quay. On my way back, though, they had moved and sat all the way across the road. Leaving a narrow strip of tarmac between them and the water. As I tried to squeeze past them, one of the adult swans took umbrage and went for me! Causing me to end up in the water!
I went out on a lovely ride with my good friends Dave and Helen. The first time I’ve seen them since last year! It was only a short ride of 20-miles around the Southdowns, but very enjoyable. On the way home, we stopped off in a park, and managed to get a beer! It almost felt like things were back to normal! After that, it was back to Dave and Helens for something to eat, al fresco, where Julie also joined us.
We’ve had some superb weather with a mini-heatwave! And while there have been complaints from other seaside resorts, about overcrowding, and people not keeping their distance. I can’t say I’ve seen it here, yes it’s been busy. But on the beach, people seemed to be keeping their distance. It made me keep my distance! I’d generally cycle along the seafront at least once a day, but with it being so busy, I’ve kept away!
With the hot weather, I had my first family BBQ of the year, except it wasn’t a BBQ! I just made a simple Greek salad, which we sat outside to eat. And I managed to get Indya to sit on my lap, for a short while!
At the beginning of the month, barbers, and hairdressers had been shut for two months! And my hair was driving me mad, I was looking like the wild man of Bognor Regis! Not any more, after buying some clippers! Although I probably need to cut it again now!
On a slightly depressing note! It’s June, halfway through the year, we’ve just had the longest day! And I’ve not been away on one single camping trip! Or away at all for that matter! But to be honest, with all the problems, we’ve all had these past few months, it doesn’t matter. I’m just glad that everybody I know is safe and well!
Good news with lockdown being eased even more in the coming week! With pubs, restaurants, hotels and campsites all being allowed to open! Not sure I’ll be rushing away though! The campsites are going to be heaving, and you probably have to book in advance, something I’m not too good at! And will they even allow solo campers, I mean, why should they? When they can get a couple or a family in the same area! It’s just not going to be the same this year! I know of at least one campsite that’s not going to open, their shower/toilet blocks! You have to be self-sufficient and have your own facilities! And one of my favourite campgrounds, Hollands Wood, in the New Forest, isn’t even going to open up this year!
As for hotels, what are they going to be like? Will they have restaurants open, could you get in there even if they do! And apparently, they’re talking about bringing breakfast to your room! Maybe I’d just have to do the hotel camping thing, although hotels these days all have heat/smoke detectors! It’s all going to be a bit strange! And as much as I don’t like it, I do understand the reasons behind it all!
With all this in mind, I’ve sort of decided that I won’t be going away this year! Or maybe not until the end of the year. But then who knows, I may change my mind! And as I said last month, now would be a good time to get my hip sorted!