Travelsonabike2 England This Day 12th-July-2018

Bicycle Touring This Day 12th-July-2018 A road with a large field and buildings in the background

This week’s Travelsonabike2 bicycle touring on this day post comes from England on the 12th-July-2018. I’m in the UK in a lot of pain and taking a huge amount of painkillers just to get through the day. But I was determined to still get away on my bike. Fifteen days later, I was on a ventilator in intensive care with sepsis.

Thursday 12th July 2018. Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 63 miles.

I’d decided on Monday that I was going to cycle to Paris. So, Tuesday morning, I got up at 3 am and by 3.30, I was off to Newhaven to catch the 9 o’clock ferry to Dieppe. But after about 10 miles, I was in too much pain and thought it was probably best not to go. So I turned around and headed back home.

Just as well, I did go home. A: I didn’t have enough painkillers with me. B: I remembered how much I struggled on my last tour. C: I’d forgotten England were playing in the semi-final of the World Cup, which I wanted to watch. And finally, D; the ferry I was aiming to get got cancelled. The loading and unloading ramp had broken down.

After returning home, I stocked up on painkillers watched England lose to Croatia (even though we played really well). And decided to still go away but stay in England and head down to the New Forest instead.

I’ve upped my medication and am now taking the stronger tablets, the ones that have some nasty side effects; you’re also not meant to drink with them. Touch wood, I’ve not had any side effects so far, apart from feeling a little lightheaded. And they have eased the pain a bit.

A person taking a selfie
Look at that moon face, caused by all the steroids Garry was taking at the time

It was a nice ride down to the New Forest, albeit a bit hard going and painful at times, especially going uphill; that really hurt. I’m not too sure where I’m going tomorrow; it’ll depend on whether or not I’m in pain.

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Travelsonabike2 America This Day 5th-July-2012

Bicycle Touring This Day 5th-July-2012 a rock on a green with trees

This week’s Travelsonabike2 bicycle touring post on this day comes from America on the 5th-July-2012, and I’m in the USA playing the tourist in New York City.

Thursday, 5th July 2012. In New York City.

Another day of playing the tourist in New York, and first thing today, we went to ground zero where the Twin Towers once stood. Before the terrorist attacks in 2001. In the footprint of each tower is a deep dark hole with water cascading down the sides. Around which are all the names of everybody that lost their lives on September 9th, 2001, in the terror attacks. What an incredibly moving and emotional place. And unsurprisingly, there were loads of security checks to get in.

A memorial with names on the ground
Ground Zero Monument

I went shopping after ground zero while the ladies ate lunch. When I got knocked off my bike, the ambulance paramedics cut off my pants. They had wanted to cut my shorts off, but they relented after pleading with them that they were all I had to wear. (I have been washing my other pair every day. Honest!)

We went for a walk around Central Park this afternoon; it’s huge. It seemed rather strange that there was such a place in the middle of all these concrete and steel high-rise buildings. After Central Park, we walked down 5th Avenue into Trump Towers, with its gold foyer. We visited some museum, which I never took too much notice of, and called into the Rockefeller Center.

In the evening, we went to Serendipity, a café/restaurant famed for its desserts and has been around for sixty years. Apparently, the seats we sat in were once sat in by Marilyn Munroe and Jackie Onassis. Whatever! Their desserts were lovely, though.

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Travelsonabike2 Thursday 4th-July-2024

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is at home and is just testing something out.

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Garry McGivern’s June-2024 Update

Garry McGivern’s June-2024 Update Looking out from a tent over a camp stove a pot of food and a bicycle

June-2024 Garry McGivern’s regular monthly update. After being away for a good part of the month and posting updates nearly every day, there’s not much more I can write that you don’t already know. But no doubt I’ll end up writing something to fill the page.

Well, it’s been a great month for cycling with my trip along the coast of France to the Netherlands. And despite much of it being a struggle, I still enjoyed it. And I had intended to only be home for a few days before heading off somewhere again. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling too good and have come out in blisters again. I had some come up on my hands while I was away, and it was one of the reasons for taking so many days off. Although I never wrote about it. This time, they’ve come up on my feet. Had they come up while I was on the road, I would have probably just taken a day or two off. But because they happened at home, it’s too easy to stay put.

A castle
Saint-Malo castle

There’s not a lot of point going to the doctors about the blisters. I’ve seen many different consultants and doctors and had so many different blood tests over the years. But nobody seems to have come up with a reason for them. One possible reason is my medication, but then I take that all the time. I am an enigma!

Fingers Crossed

I still hope to go away in the next few days, but unfortunately, I’ve had some hospital appointments come through. I shouldn’t really say unfortunately, I’m very lucky that the NHS is looking after me. It’s just a bit frustrating having to attend hospital all the time. They’re not until the week beginning the twenty-second. So I’ve got a few weeks if I can think of somewhere to go that isn’t too hilly. And where I’ve not been before, or at least not for a while.

I probably need to apologise for all the strange emails you received at the beginning of the month. And a few duplicated ones throughout the month. I had somebody working on the website who didn’t realise they were being sent out. Hopefully, everything is back to normal now. I told you I’d find something to fill the page with.

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