Garry McGivern’s September-2022 Update

Stone abbey by water

Garry McGivern’s September-2022 update, well, there’s not much more I can add about September that’s not already been on the website or my YouTube channel. But no doubt I’ll think of something to write and bore you with!

Since returning home from France over two weeks ago, I’ve been rather busy and don’t know where the time has gone. I’ve had four different hospital appointments. Vicky and her family were away on holiday, so I took over the feeding of Toby. I’ve been busy trying to get the videos out from my little jaunt to France, went down to the New Forest for the night, and went to a local farm for Indya’s birthday. Oh, and been busy trying to catch up with my social media, particularly Facebook, which seems to have gone mental.

My first hospital appointment was a routine check on my skin, which was quite timely as I’d recently had a few problems with blisters. And it was one of the reasons for returning home from France early, although I never mentioned it at the time. But I talk about them in the videos. Anyway, after seeing the doctor, who was somewhat concerned about them, sent me for blood tests. She also said that she wished she could prescribe cycling after I told her that usually, when I go away on tour, I can come off all medication. So do I!

Other News

The following two hospital appointments were for blood tests. One for the blisters, which wasn’t a standard test, and I’m still waiting for the results of that one. The other blood test was to check my infection markers regarding my hip. And the third appointment was for my hip, which the consultant was very pleased with, and I don’t have to go back for another year unless I get any problems.

The videos from my French tour have started to come out. They seem to take forever to edit, which is one of the reasons for publishing them as quickly as I am, to get them over and done with. And if you think they’re boring to watch, you want to try editing them! The idea is that each video is posted one month after I filmed it.

Cows by tree
Cows in the New Forest

Holland’s Wood campsite in the New Forest closed for the season earlier this week. And as I’d only managed to get down there once this year, I went down for the final night. It was also another excuse to get away for the night.

It was Indya, my grandaughter’s third birthday on the twenty-seventh. She had her main party with her friends while I was away in France. So on her actual birthday, we went to a local farm, which was good fun. Although you don’t see too much, no sooner do you get to one animal than indya’s moved on to the next. It was still good fun, though, and we all enjoyed it.

See, I told you I’d find something to write about!

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On This Day 30th-September-2013

Mountains and clouds

This week’s on this day post comes from the 30th-September-2013, and I’m on my ride to Greece on the same tour as last week’s post. But I’ve now made it to Italy, having cycled through Austria in the past week. But by all accounts, it’s not been the best of days.

Monday 30th September 2013. Vittorio to Trieste 86 miles

What a miserable day, it’s been raining on and off more or less all day. And there’s been a strong wind driving the rain straight at me. I was glad to finish tonight. Although one good thing today is that I seem to have left all the mountains behind me, I’ve had a relatively flat ride compared to the past few days.

Road going through rock tunnel
The coast road today, on one of the rare moments when it wasn’t wet.

I realised tonight that it’s going to be my last night in Italy, tomorrow I should be in Slovenia, country number five. I’ve also made it back to the coast, and apparently, my hotel is on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Triest. So the leaflet in my room says! It was dark when I arrived, and I’d had enough of the rain, so I never bothered going to look.

It’s a bit of a trendy hotel tonight, which you’d never have guessed from the outside. But who cares? The rooms nice, and the shower was nice and warming. Unfortunately, the restaurant wasn’t open, so I had to venture back out into the rain. But luckily, I found a takeaway pizza just along the road.

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Bike-Ride To Bognor-Regis 26th-September-2022

26th-September-2022, Garry’s been on a bike-ride from the New Forest, Brockenhurst, to Bognor-Regis. 70 miles. It’s been a long day. I didn’t get home until gone seven o’clock this evening. But then I don’t think I left the campsite until after nine.

Looking at the weather forecast this morning, it said that it was going to rain at eight o’clock. And seeing as I wasn’t in any hurry, I decided to wait. Well, the weather forecasters got it right this morning. At five minutes past eight, the heavens opened, and the rain poured down. I was quite relieved that I had waited it out.

Tent in a field with trees
My Hilleberg Staika

One thing I have realised from last night and this morning is just how bad my MSR tent is. Yesterday I decided to take my Hilleberg away with me, seeing as I’ve not used it for a long time. What a difference. Even without any rain, I always wake up with a lot of condensation in my MSR. And as for when it rains! But this morning, my Hilleberg was as dry as a bone, with no condensation or leaks.

I think I need to persevere and get used to using my Hilleberg. It’s a far superior tent. The trouble is I really like the layout of the MSR

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Bike-Ride To Brockenhurst 25th-September-2022

25th-September-2022, Garry’s decided to go on a bike-ride to the New Forest, Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 60 miles. Well, the weather was so good this morning that I decided to come to the New Forest for the night. And it’s the last night of the season for Hollands Wood campsite, where I usually stay. And besides, this will only be my second time down here this year. I’m normally here a lot more than that.

The ride down was good, and to be honest, I felt pretty good. My anaemia seemed bad when I started, as in shortness of breath. But then it settled down, and as I said, I felt good. Even at the end of today, I was fine. Whereas in France, I was completely worn out at the end of the day. Mind you for supper last night. I had liver and bacon with loads of kale and broccoli, so that may have helped.

A couple of pigs that were at the campsite

I got told on the way down here that they’d released the pigs into the forest. Apparently, it’s something they do every year. They release them to eat the acorns, which aren’t good for the ponies. I must admit that I’d never heard of it before. But when I got down here, there were a couple of pigs milling around the campsite. Well, there you go, you learn something new every day.

I was thinking of going over to the Isle of Wight tomorrow, but I’m not too sure how I’d cope with the hills. So I’ll probably just head home. Besides, it’s Indya’s birthday on Tuesday, and I’ve got the hospital on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

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