Bicycle-Touring 17th June 2021

Bicycle-Touring 17th June 2021. Salisbury to Bognor Regis. 81 miles.

Church
Salisbury Cathedral

As you can see I’ve come home! It was a good ride from Salisbury to Southampton, and I was on the outskirts of Southampton by about 10 o’clock. But not in the part of Southampton that I thought I would be! I thought I would have arrived at a more central location! Instead I was further west and on the route I take to the New Forest.

After realising that the New Forest was only 10-miles away, I wondered about going back there. But as it was only 10-miles away. what would I do for the rest of the day! And besides the weather forecast for the New Forest for tonight and tomorrow is atrocious!

Country lane
Quiet country roads this morning

No I’m going to the Isle of Wight. At least then I’ll have done a half decent days cycle. I could also catch up with my mate Malcolm.

After reaching the ferry terminal, I thought I’d just check the weather forecast one more time. Disappointingly it was just as bad, if not worse than the New Forest!

Container ship
Container ship in Southampton docks

I ummed and ahhed whether I should go to the Isle of Wight or not! But in the end I decided to leave it and come home. Especially as the tent I’ve brought on this trip leaks like a sieve!

Pink Ferry
The Pink ferry

As predicted the weather turned, and I was caught by the rain 12-miles from home! But at least when you know your heading home it doesn’t matter how wet you get.

The rain poured out of the sky, which made me quite happy! Thinking that I’d made the right choice by returning home! Hopefully it’ll be wet overnight and tomorrow morning, to really vindicate my decision!

Cormorant
Cormorant at Titchfield Haven

Despite the wet end to the week it’s been great few days. And I’ve really enjoyed being back on the road, even if it’s only been to familiar places that I’ve ridden to a thousand times before! Hopefully, I’ll be back out on the bike in the not too distant future!

Bicycle-Touring 16th June 2021

Bicycle-Touring 16th June 2021. Langton Matravers to Salisbury. 51 miles.

I was woken up extremely early this morning by the dawn chorus. Which is lovely to hear, just not that early! I think there must have been one bird sat on top of my tent, twittering away! It was so loud!

Woodhenge
Woodhenge

I know I’ve mentioned it before but, the roads are ridiculously busy! I really can’t believe how bad they are, it’s just car after car! But once I was past the outskirts of Poole, I picked up a nice off road cycle route. NCN25 I think it was. But as you’d expect it soon ended and I was back on the road.

Man
Cycling along on NCN25

After finding the road too busy, even for my liking! I decided to follow the route on my phone. Which was great, I was back on quiet country lane’s. That was until it decided to send me down a bridleway! And from my experience they’re not the place you want to be cycling! Not with a fully loaded touring bike!

Goats
Goats

Giving up on my phone I found myself back at the main road! Which to my surprise was relatively quiet, and took me all the way to Salisbury!

I’ve decided to stay out until Friday, despite the bad weather forecast and the fact that I brought the one tent I have that isn’t waterproof!

Wet floor
This was this morning, and it hadn’t even rained!

If I’ve worked things out right, and forecast is correct, I should avoid the majority of the storms during the day. And just hope I can stay dry through the night!

Bicycle-Touring 15th June 2021

Bicycle-Touring 15th June 2021. Brockenhurst to Langton Matravers. 44 miles!

Flower
Lovely poppy

Nice easy and short day to day, which was okay. I’ve decided that as I don’t want to be out at the weekend! And the more I speak to other campers and campsite owners, the more determined I am that I will be home for the weekend! So with that in mind I’ve decided to just visit some of campsites I’ve stayed at before. That of course is subject to change, depending on my mood and which way the winds blowing!

Started the day off with a nice chat with some fellow bicycle tourists, who were camping next to me. Although they weren’t on their bikes. They’ were on foot and had travelled by train from Kent.

One thing I noticed as I rode through the New Forest, was the lack of ponies! I hardly saw any. There was however loads of traffic, I just can’t believe how many cars there are on the roads!

Lobster pots on quay
Lobster pots at Mudford Quay

I had a little bimble around Mudford, and was thinking of getting the ferry from there to Hengistbury Head. But after seeing the crowds of people decided to cycle around instead!

Fishing boat
Boat in Mudford Quay

From Hengistbury to Poole it’s a 10-mile flat ride along the prom. Which as nice and easy as it is, does get a bit boring by the end! Probably because you have to go so slow because of pedestrians. Mind you it’s a lot better than going along the top on the road. Because apart from the traffic it’s a bit of a roller coaster of a road!

Boats and castle
Brownsea Castle

Once past Poole it’s onto Sandbanks and the Sandbank ferry. Which takes you across to the Isle of Purbeck, and the flat ride along Bournemouth seafront is soon forgotten! As you trudge up the Purbeck hills!

Sign
As the sign says!

Coming off the chain link ferry, I was cycling along with an old boy called Tony. Although I would never have guessed he was old, but he was 83! He was on one of those electric assisted bikes, which I don’t like! Well not for youngsters anyway, it just encourages them to get fatter! But for older people they’re ideal. Tony was going to Old Harry Rocks via the pub! I was tempted to join him, but I was a good boy in the end and continued on to Tom’s Field campsite! And never even visited the Square and Compass pub, as I’d originally planned!

Steam train
Steam train in Swanage

I’m thinking of heading for Salisbury tomorrow, but I’ll decide properly in the morning, maybe!

Bicycle-Touring 14th June 2021

Bicycle-Touring 14th June 2021, Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 64 miles.

Touring bike by water
Waiting for the Pink ferry

Well I’ve finally made it away, after 18 months of sitting at home! Well not quite, but you know what I mean! I’ve been thinking of going away for the last few weeks, as I said in May’s update. But what with one thing and another, but hey I’m away now so it doesn’t matter!

I’ve not got any plan as to where I’m going, I’ll have a think about that overnight! I’ve only got a week anyway. As I’ve got a hospital appointment next Monday, I also don’t think I want to be away over the weekend! From what I can gather and as I thought, the campsites are ramed! But we’ll see how the week goes.

New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies

The ride down to here was good. And it was nice to be out cycling somewhere and not have to go home! Although I’d be lying if I said it was an easy ride, it wasn’t! With 18 months off the bike I could certainly feel it! Hopefully though I’ll get my legs back in a day or two!