December 2020 Monthly Update

Flooded fields

Garry’s monthly update for December 2020, apologies for not doing Novembers update, but there really wasn’t anything to say! And to be honest, there’s not much more to say about December!

November was spent in lockdown, again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was eased in December, with the introduction of a new tier system, putting West Sussex into tier 2. Allowing pubs and bars to open as long as they served food! Tier 2 didn’t last long, and we were soon moved into level 4 and are now back in lockdown! Can’t say I’m that surprised after watching the daily Covid-19 cases rise and maybe it should have happened a lot earlier. But then I’m sure our illustrious leaders know what they’re doing!?! At least we’re allowed out for unlimited exercise, so I can still go on bike rides.

Flooded fields
Flooded fields around Bognor
Looking Back

What a year! No travelling, no touring, and stay at home orders! In fact, I’ve not even left West Sussex! Apart from cycling to Portsmouth, on the odd occasion. Which is only just over the border, about 20-miles or so away!

But in the scheme of things, not being able to travel or tour is a minor irritant! And if it means I avoid contracting the coronavirus, that’s fine with me. But it still annoys me!

Other News

The hospital phoned me earlier in the month. Telling me that routine operations were getting back to normal and all being well, they hope to operate on me in January or February, which is great news. Unfortunately, that was before we went back into lockdown! So I’m not holding my breath!

Looking Forward

Hopefully, my hip operation will go ahead in the early part of next year, and by Spring I’ll be able to get back to touring! Although I do have mixed feelings about having the operation. On the one hand, it has to be done, and the sooner, the better. But on the other hand, I’ll be back to square one, unable to ride at all! And have to take a month or two off to recover! But if lockdown continues, and we remain locked down for a few months, which it seems highly likely we will be! Bring on the operation!

Man by sea
Happy New Year

I wish everybody a safe and healthy new year and hope that 2021 will be better, which I’m sure it will be. Just maybe not until the second part of the year, when vaccines are rolled out more widely!

Stay safe everybody, and look out for each other.

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October 2020 Monthly Update

Buildings behind a field

Garry’s monthly update for October 2020, unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, depending on your point of view! There really isn’t anything to report or say this month!

I’ve not been anywhere. I’ve not done anything! The only real thing I’ve been doing apart from work, when, it’s not been raining that is! Is to make more YouTube videos, and finish off my World tour series, with the last video being published this evening. (Sunday 1st November)

Even my health has been okay this past month. With nothing new to report and all my current issues, behaving themselves, which is excellent news!

Rainbow over the sea
A rainbow over the sea
Optimism

I’ve been in contact with a few hotel chains, who have said that it is now okay to turn up without booking, which is a good sign. And gives me some hope of at least a little tour before the year is out! Although the way this Coronavirus is going again, this could soon change!

Pier and beach
A sunnier day in Bognor Regis

I was going to make contact with the ferry company’s, to see if it was possible to travel with them as a cyclist, not a foot passenger. (Foot passengers are currently not allowed.) But with the increase in Coronavirus cases and France going back into lockdown, there’s no point. And let’s face it I doubt if I would have gone, but in my head, I like to think I would have!

Despite it being a quiet month, it seems to have flown by, once again! Surely a sign of getting old! Even the photos in this months update are all from Bognor Regis!

Amendment

This was written before last nights news, and things did change, sooner than I thought! With England now going into a month-long lockdown from Thursday, it’s highly unlikely that there will be any touring of any kind this year!

Although I did read the other day that, if you serve a 14-day quarantine in Thailand, they will allow you to stay for 90 days! Now that could be an idea! Especially as it’s coming up to the best time of year to go there!

Stay safe, everybody.

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September 2020 Monthly Update

Pond with trees around

Garry’s monthly update for September 2020, another quiet month, which seems to be the norm in this strange year! This time last year, I had already been away on four tours and was just about to head off to France to finish my Eurovelo tour. This year I’ve not been anywhere. What a difference a year makes! Although I still live in the hope that I may go away somewhere this year!

Health

That shingles episode that I had last month was worse than I thought and really knocked me for six! I’ve only just got over it! I never realised shingles could make you feel so ill! But now at the end of the month, I’m feeling a lot better, thankfully!

Other news on the health front, yes, for a change there’s more! I’ve been short of breath for the past few weeks, so I’ve had a full check-up on my heart! Blood tests, ECG and an x-ray, and yes, much to Julie’s surprise I do have one! Anyway, everything came back okay, apart from the x-ray, and I received a phone call from the doctor;

“Hello Mr McGivern, we’ve had the results from your x-ray,” said the doctor

“Oh, yes,” I replied

“Your heart seems okay and is functioning well, but did you know you’ve got multiple broken ribs?” She said

“Pardon?”

“Your right rib cage shows signs of multiple broken ribs, not at the moment, they’re old breaks that have heeled! Did you not know you’d broken them?” She asked.

“I know I fell over a few years ago, (Spain 2015) but, because I knew there was nothing that could be done for ribs, I never bothered doing anything about it! I said

“Umm! Well at least your heart is good, and we’ll review it again in six to twelve months, goodbye Mr McGivern.”

It was afterwards when talking to Julie that she reminded me that, I probably broke my ribs when I fell off my bike, after one or two too many beers! She said I was in pain for a long time but never got any sympathy as it was my own stupid fault! After telling me, I did remember, April 2017, I’d been to a beer festival with Dave and Helen, my good friends.

Garry McGivern enjoying a pint
Garry enjoying a pint at the beer festival before it all went wrong
Fame

Well, fame has finally caught up with me! I was cycling along the seafront minding my own business, when somebody passed me, going in the opposite direction. “I know you,” they said.

“Really?”

“Yes your that bloke from YouTube,” they replied.

“Maybe” I replied hesitantly.

“I’m Ben,” he said. I then knew who he was, he’s posted a few comments on my videos over the years. We stood chatting for a while, he had cycled down from Reading for a few days and was staying at his brothers. It was nice to put a face to a name.

Other News

Sad news this month with the closure of my favourite watering hole, the Fox inn has closed! And I’d be surprised if it were to reopen again this year! We’ve gone from four pubs in our village to one and a half in a few months! Half because one of the pubs only opens for a few hours a week!

Pint of lager
Last pint out of the barrel

Indya had her first birthday this month, and we had a small party for her. Where has that year gone!

Baby girl with birthday cake
Indya enjoying her birthday cake

 

 

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August 2020 Monthly Update

Beach and pier

Garry’s monthly update for August 2020, where did that month go? August seems to have flown by, yet I’ve not done anything or been anywhere! Oh, yes, I remember where it’s gone, working, doctors and hospital!

Health

Things on the health front haven’t been good! I’m back on steroids, had oedema and have now got shingles, and boy does it hurt! Considering what they are, or rather what they look like, a small rash, they’re so painful and uncomfortable! I can be sitting there okay, then all of a sudden it’s like somebody has stuck a knife in me! I think somebody has made a voodoo doll of me, sitting there stabbing it! And as for sleeping! I can’t lay on my back, and I can’t lay on my side! Let’s hope it eases soon!

Isle of Wight

I didn’t mention in last months update, but I’ve finally made it to the Isle of Wight this year! Unfortunately, it wasn’t a camping trip, but equally as good, a boys day out sailing. It was on the last day of the month, which was the main reason for not mentioning it last month. It was a great day out with suburb weather and favourable winds, we were under sail the entire time and hardly had to tack at all. Not that I would have noticed, I just sat back and drank beer!

4 men on a boat
The motley crew of 2020

Sad news on the ferry front, Brittany ferries, the ferry company I use to get to France have cancelled my favourite route, Portsmouth to Saint-Malo! Let’s hope it’s only a temporary measure, and they bring it back, for when I start travelling again. Speaking of travelling, I’m wondering if I should go away next month (September). Although the more I look at it, the more complicated it seems! Mind you if I’ve still got shingles, I definitely won’t be going anywhere!

 

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