Well I suppose it had to happen, about forty miles from home I got my one and only puncture!
I think that somebody was trying to tell me something, as it happened just outside Greywell, which is where I was thinking of spending tonight, at the Fox and Goose. But I thought being a Friday, they might be booked up! So decided to continue on a little further and find another site.
Bad move! There weren’t any more sites, not until a few miles from home, and by then it wasn’t worth stopping.
It was still a good day despite it being a long one! And a good tour, with 1355 miles covered in total.
I was hoping there might be a letter from the hospital when I got home! Giving me a date to go in for my operation, but alas there isn’t!
Maybe I’ll just have to go away somewhere next week then! No point in sitting around at home, I want to as fit as possible for this operation!
Last night’s campsite was a bit of a ripoff! A premium price, with no showers, just one toilet and a cold tap! But hey, I was just grateful to be able to pitch my tent somewhere! And it was nice and peaceful, unsurprisingly!
Nice early finish today, I was all set up in camp by 2.30!
I suppose it did help being on the road nice and early. Although I have been playing the tourist a bit!
First of all in Stratford on Avon, then Banbury and finally Oxford.
I like Stratford, I think it’s a lovely town, with plenty of history and loads to see, and do if your stopping!
Banbury is also a pleasant town, although not as nice as Stratford!
And finally Oxford, once again a great place to visit!
Met a fellow cyclist along the road today, although I think he was more of a hobo! He liked to camp wild, and was proud that he hadn’t washed for, it was either three weeks or three months! Either way, it’s not very good, but he was pleasant enough and nice to talk to.
Well that was a good day, and a good evening last night!
After checking into last night’s hotel and having a shower, I went to the pub next door.
Upon arrival the staff were apologising that they’d been so busy today that they had run out of most things!
Undeterred, after all there was nowhere else I could go I sat down. Anyway the long and short of it all was, that after messing up my order and having to wait, all I got charged was £7, a two course meal and all my beer! Happy days!
Today’s ride was also good, it’s been mainly spent on towpaths beside the many canals that are around Birmingham.
I managed to find the Brooks factory okay, I just had a bit of a nightmare finding my way in! But once in I was soon looked after by Stefano and Kasia. Five minutes was all it took, five minutes! To repair my saddle!
After thanking them both and swapping my saddles over, I was once again on my way.
I can feel my bum beginning to recover already! And unless you ride with a Brooks you won’t really know or appreciate what I’m saying, but trust me they are by far the best and most comfortable saddle going!
Coming out, or rather crossing Birmingham was relatively easy, I just followed the canals. I was going to follow the canal all the way to Stratford Upon Avon, but the nice tow path that I’d been on ran out, replaced with a track!