Thursday 12th-May-2022 Adgestone to home Bognor Regis bike ride. 44 miles. Well, I’ve made it home, and I’m really surprised at my mileage. I think something may have gone wrong! I know the ride home from Portsmouth is twenty-two miles or thereabouts. So twenty miles on the island is a little out!
I know I went the long way round to the Fastcat in Ryde, but not a twenty-mile detour, surely. I can only think that on the Fastcat, the censor on the speedo must have been triggered, clocking up the extra miles. I’ll check on Google maps later, but I’m pretty sure it’s wrong.
I must say that although these past few days have been hard work. And I haven’t covered anywhere near my usual mileage. It’s been really enjoyable and good to be out and about. And camping. Although I’m not so sure about the Dawn Chorus! As lovely as it is to hear, just not at 4.30 am!
As I said earlier, I went the long way round to Ryde via Bembridge, St Helens and Seaview. While I was in Bembridge taking some photos, I talked to the coxswain of the lifeboat. Guy, the coxswain, was very keen on cycle touring, so we had a good chat. He was also a solo sailor, which I must admit I admire, being out on the seas all on your own. It’s a lot braver than sitting on a bike. At least I can just stop anywhere and pitch a tent.
He was a really lovely bloke. And if we ever get into trouble on the Isle of Wight boy’s day out sailing, I’ll know who rescued us!
As I’ve enjoyed these past few days so much, I might go away next week. One of my reasons for going away this week was to try and pre-empt my operation! After all, it worked last year when I went away. But it doesn’t seem to have worked this time. Maybe I’ll have to go on a proper tour somewhere!?