Monday 15th April. Adgestone to Bognor Regis. 13 miles.

Rough sea

Not a lot going on today and as predicted I did end up getting the train home!

I don’t enjoy the ride home from Portsmouth at the best of times, so I’m certainly not going to battle against some strong headwind, if I don’t have to!

boats
Ryde harbour

Sad news on the accident I mentioned yesterday. Apparently it involved a bus, one person lost their life and 19 others were taken to hospital! My condolences to all involved.

Hovercraft on the sea
The Ryde hovercraft battling against the wind

Not a huge amount of miles covered these past few days, but then it was never about that! It was more a case of getting back to some of my regular campsites that have only just opened up for the season.

Total miles covered 103.

Sunday 14th April. Brockenhurst to Adgestone. 30 miles.

Fields and grass

One thing that I forgot to mention yesterday, I actually remembered to check my tyres before setting off!

Trees camp cooker

Fresh but sunny start to the day

Late start early finish today! I didn’t leave the New Forest until 10 and was all set up for the night by 3.30pm. And 40-minutes of that was on a ferry!

Even though I’ve only come a short distance today, it’s been a hard ride! There’s been a strong headwind, which is forecast to continue tomorrow! That’s one of the reasons why I left the New Forest, I didn’t fancy 60-miles into a strong wind! So I split it, 30-miles today and 30-miles tomorrow!

Road ponies and gorse

Plenty of ponies on the road this morning

Although to be honest if it is blowing a gale tomorrow I’ll probably jump on the train in Portsmouth!

I saw another nasty road accident today, which was on the road that I would normally have taken! But knowing I didn’t have far to go today I went on a detour!

Been following a family in their campervan today, or they’ve been following me! I spoke to them last night in the New Forest, then saw them again on the ferry, and now they’re on this campsite!

Thatched cottage

Thatched cottage in Calborne

But they assure me they’re staying here until next weekend and not following me!

Saturday 13th April. Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 60 miles.

Finally after three weeks of looking after cats and dogs I’m free of all duties and able to go away!

Bike sea

Passepartout in Lee-on-Solent

Although it’s been a bit of a tie it’s not really been a problem and I’ve enjoyed looking after Toby, Murphy and Wilson.

Originally I was going to go away for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t go away for longer as I’ve got my pre-op at the beginning of May, but suddenly I realised that, just for a change I’ve got the doctors in two days time as well!

Cottages

Cottages in Hook

Nice ride down, I seem to be getting back into this cycle touring malarkey!

Once again it was good to visit one of my old campsites, and it was good to see the people who run it! They did wonder what had happened to me, as they only saw me twice last year! Cue the story!

Went into Brockenhurst village to get supper for the evening, but got distracted and ended up spending the evening in the pub!

Trees tent

All set up for the night

Not too sure what I’m going to do tomorrow, I might stay put or possibly go to the Isle of Wight, I’ll see in the morning.

March 2019 Update

Big house grass and statue

Excellent start to the month, with my first camping trip of the year!

Grange Farm on the Isle of Wight, one of my favourite campsites opened up on the 1st March, and I was their first customer!

I would have liked to have camped for more than the one night I stayed, but the weather forecast for the following days really wasn’t good, and as it turned out they were right! I also had to get home for more hospital appointments!

Alpacas in a field
Two of the alpacas at Grange Farm

It was still good to be back camping on the Isle of Wight even if it was only one night, and it was good to see the owners and animals at Grange Farm.

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Health

As I said I had another appointment at the hospital, this was to see my consultant about my hip and sepsis. That was all good news! She said it was hard to believe, just how ill I was, looking at me now! And to go away, enjoy the summer, build up more strength and we’ll operate in 4 to 6 months!

Sure enough that bad weather that I mentioned earlier lasted for nearly 2 weeks with gale force winds and heavy rain, really not good weather for cycling! In fact not even for walking, it was that bad!

College
Kings college Cambridge

Because the weather was so bad, I decided to drive up to Cambridge, to look at a camping shop that I’d found online. Upon arrival or rather on the way, I just couldn’t remember anything about the place at all, despite spending a few days there back in the summer of 2016! But thankfully when I arrived it, all started to come back, and I had a lovely day, mostly spent trying out different tents and talking to the people in the shop!

Time To Go Away

Finally, the weather broke, and I managed to get a ride to France in, which I’d been trying to do for the best part of last year, but was just in too much pain, and never made it!

There was a bit of a rush to get away on my part as my Vicky and Paul were off on holiday to Spain, and Julie was off to Australia to see her daughter, so I had to be around to look after their cats! Which meant I wouldn’t be able to go away for the next 3 weeks! Thankfully I’ve done one week, so only two more to do!

River and tower
The river Seine and the Eiffel Tower

France was excellent, and it felt like a great achievement for me! I was only there for 4 days, as that was all the time I had, but I managed to reach Paris, which was my goal and in the process had some brilliant days cycling. It felt really good to be back on the road travelling!

Clock on a gold house
The Palace of Versailles

I must admit that I may have overdone it a bit, especially as my last day in France was a 12 hour, 100-mile cycle ride! I was in a lot of pain when I got home, and it took me a week to recover! But it was worth it!

Despite the suffering afterwards, I’m still hopeful, that I’ll get a few more trips in before my next operation!