Tuesday 22nd October. Harwich to Bognor Regis. 89 Miles.

Well I’d like to say that it’s good to be back in England, but it’s not!

Busy roads, with drivers that don’t have any patience, roads that are full of potholes! And worst of all the rubbish that litters the countryside is unbelievable! What’s the matter with people, do they not care anymore! I’m ashamed to call this country home!

Ditch with litter in it
There’s litter wherever you look

Well that’s the rant over with!

It was very cold this morning, in fact it’s not warmed up all day, I even had to get my gloves and fleece out!

Viaduct
The viaduct in Central park, Chelmsford

It wasn’t a particularly pleasant ride to start with, not until I reached Chelmsford, then things seemed to improve. The roads improved and so did the drivers! There was still rubbish everywhere though!

Cycling into London was really nice. By surprise I found a Greenway which took me all the way to the queen Elizabeth Olympic park.

Path
The Greenway in the centre of London

I would have liked to cycle home tomorrow, but to find somewhere to stay in London tonight at short notice is ridiculously expensive!

So I took the easier and cheaper option by getting the train! Besides it not a particularly nice ride home from London anyway!

Sculpture
The Arcelor Mittal Orbit at the queen Elizabeth Olympic park

All in all it’s been a very enjoyable tour, and my fitness seems to have returned to pre-sepsis levels. It’s just a shame that I’ve now got to go back into hospital! But then now is obviously the right time, to give me the best chance of a speedy recovery!

Total miles of both legs of this tour 1766.

Monday 21st October. Rotterdam to Hook of Holland. 34 Miles.

Well that was nearly a disastrous ending to the whole trip! I only booked the ferry the wrong way, England to Holland, instead of Holland to England, what an idiot!

Trees on water
The bobbing forest

Thankfully the very kind girl on check-in changed the route at no extra cost! I thought the times of the ferries were different to ones I’d got!

Ships cabin with bunk beds
Definitely lucked out on the cabin, there’s even a TV

Spent the morning hanging around the hotel, it was pouring with rain. And I didn’t have to be at the ferry until 11pm. Well that was what I thought!

Box shaped apartments
The cube house

After spending the morning in the hotel, I then went out to play the tourist.

I liked Rotterdam, I thought it was a lovely place, made all the better by the fact that everything is accessible by bike!

Bridge
The Erasmusbrug bridge

Luckily I got bored with playing the tourist, and headed for ferry. Just as well, it was due to leave an hour earlier than I thought!

It was an easy 20-mile ride to ferry terminal at the Hook of Holland.

Cycle route signs
I liked this sign

Sunday 20th October. Arnhem to Rotterdam. 78 Miles.

A much better ride today, no wind and no rain, although it was rather chilly, but I’ll take the cold over the rain any day!I’ve spent the whole day on cycle paths, in fact since I’ve been in Holland I don’t think I’ve cycled on a single road!

Man and dog sculpture
Amusing sculpture, is it Snoopy
How things have changed, I remember the last time I came here I got nothing but abuse from car drivers, as I cycled along the roads!
Road trees
This is how roads should be
But back then we didn’t have the app’s we have today, it was a good old paper map!
Water bikes bridge
It’s Holland, canals and bicycles!
And of course the maps I use are of the whole country, and don’t show minor, or rather smaller towns! According to my maps, there was nothing between Arnhem and Rotterdam!

Saturday 19th October. Lorick to Arnhem. 76 Miles.

I had an annoying start to the day, in fact the whole day has been rather annoying!

Initially the day started off really well, I got up and found that the tent was more or less dry! No having to pack it away wet for a change. Unfortunately while I was having breakfast, it started to rain! Only for a short while, but enough to get the tent damp, never mind, same old, same old!

Border sign
The first of only two pictures taken today!

About an hour into my ride today, the wind got up and it started to rain and has been doing so on and off all day, in fact it’s been pretty chilly! The weather’s been so bad I only took a couple of photos, and their not exactly brilliant!

Windmill
The second picture of the day, what else would it be!