On This Day 19th-August-2009

Boats on water

This week’s on this day post comes from the 19th-August-2009. I’m in northern Spain on the last few days of my Portuguese bike ride, trying to get home. But the ferry times are just not working out for me.

It doesn’t seem that long ago, but in 2009 we didn’t have smartphones. If you wanted the internet, you had to find an internet café. And I think Google Maps was in its infancy.

And the only way I had of working out distances was to use a piece of string on a map. Which inevitable was completely wrong!

Wednesday 19th August Santiago de Compostela to Ribadeo. 114 Miles.

Long day today, I was on a mission to catch a train from Ribadeo to Santander so that I could get the ferry home tomorrow, but I missed it!

I’d worked out last night with my magic piece of string that Santander is about 300 miles away and Bilbao 400, the two places where I can catch a ferry back to England. But the ferry from Santander leaves tomorrow, and the ferry from Bilbao leaves on Friday, so I had no chance of catching either one this week! And on the other hand, neither destination is far enough away for a week’s ride! Santander, I would have made it on Saturday, four days before the ferry leaves, and I would have possibly made Bilbao on Sunday or Monday at the latest, again leaving me four days to hang about!

Detour? Not Likely

Now I know I could go on a detour somewhere, but I’m really not very good at going out of my way. If I can get from A to C without going to B, then I will! But after looking at my Thomas Cook European timetable (I always carry the pages I need for the countries I’m travelling in), I saw that there was a train that left Ribadeo this evening. Which would have got me to Santander overnight, allowing me enough time to catch the ferry tomorrow, solving all my problems of having to go on any detours or hanging around.

Old building with turret
Lovely old building in Rabideo

Had I not made a beeline for Ribadeo, I could have cycled up to A Coruna and picked up the coast from there. That would have been a few more miles, but we are where we are. I’ll just have to have another rethink tonight.

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August 2022 Video Update

Pier sea beach

August 2022, a short video update from Garry’s YouTube channel, who’s finally managed to cycle a half decent distance. It was only to Portsmouth and back, which is usually a round trip of about sixty miles. But on this occasion, Garry must have been bimbling around more than normal as he covered over eighty miles. And he was back home indoors before 1 pm. Mind you. He did leave home at stupid o’clock this morning to beat the heat.

Maybe Garry feels fit enough to go away for a bit longer now?


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On This Day 12th-August-2009

Windmill and houses

This week’s on this day post comes from the 12th-August-2009, and I’m on day two of my first ride around Portugal. And, as I found out, August is not the best time to be cycling in Portugal. It’s rather hot. (Not dissimilar to the weather we’re experiencing here in the UK at the moment!) I should have been here in June, but after fracturing my wrist (see, I’ve always been clumsy!) I had to delay my trip.

Wednesday 12th August Figueira to Porto Covo. 82 Miles.

After such a hot day yesterday, I wanted to be on the road as early as possible. So I could get as many miles in before it became too hot to cycle.

It was dark when my alarm clock went off at half past four this morning. And still hot, it must have still been in the mid-twenties, even at that time of day. Although it was dark now, I knew it would be light by the time I’d had breakfast and packed away.

The Mira River at Vila Nova de Milfontes

It was just coming up to six o’clock and starting to get light as I began to make my way out of the naturist’s camp! Although I didn’t get very far, the main gate to the campsite was locked. But at least there was a small side gate, and when I say small, I mean tiny. And even after taking all my panniers off, I struggled to get my bike through!

There have been a lot more hills today, and hard going in this heat. And I’ve decided to stick as close to the coast as possible. That way, I get to benefit from what little breeze there is, and in this heat, any help is greatly appreciated. And getting on the road as early as possible is definitely the way forward. I made sure that the camp gate wouldn’t be locked tomorrow morning.

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Garry McGivern’s July-2022 Photos

Clock tower

Garry McGivern’s July-2022 photos, this month’s photographs, come from England, Australia, Lao, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Ireland, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the USA. It’s been another busy month of adding pictures to the website. And another month of photos from previous tours. Although most of the photos are new ones, I’ve never posted before.

New photographs that I’ve taken this month can be viewed on my Flickr page. Please click on the photo below. All other pictures can be viewed below. Warning, there are rather a few!

New Photos On My Flickr Page

July 2022 Travel Photos

Garry McGivern’s July-2022 photos (from the website)
And there’s more

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