Garry gets his Covid-19 vaccination which gives him another excuse to leave town and go on a short ride! This time it’s to Chichester, where the vaccines are being provided. It’s only nine miles away, but Garry will take anything these days! And to make the ride last a bit longer, he came home via Tangmere and Oving.
After hearing that they were now vaccinating Garry’s age group, he wasted no time booking his appointment. Garry was pleasantly surprised at how quick he got an appointment. He went online on Saturday and got a slot five days later. He also got a date to go for his second injection at the end of May.
Now perhaps Garry can start looking forward to getting back in the saddle and go touring, although maybe not abroad! That depends on what restrictions other countries impose and whether or not a vaccine visa will be required!
Camping in the UK also looks a bit restricted, at least to start with. When campsites are allowed to open, which will be from the 14th April, at the earliest, they will only be open for campers with their own facilities! From the 17th May, at the earliest! Campsites look as if they will be open their facilities allowing Garry to go camping, that’s if they’re not all full!
The 17th May is also an important date for international travel. If everything has gone to plan, that will be the earliest date people can travel abroad for a holiday. Or, in Garry’s case, go on a bike ride! Garry’s at least hoping to make it across the channel to France, if not further afield! But it is all dependent on what happens with his hip operation, which looks as though it might happen soon! But then again, we’ve all heard that before, a couple of times!
February 2021 a video update I posted on my YouTube channel. Because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, England’s been in lockdown since the beginning of January! And as a result, we’re not allowed out, apart for specific reasons. Which I’ve copied from the government website and pasted below:
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
attend education or childcare – for those eligible
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay in your local area – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.
Staying in your local area means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
At Last An Excuse
It’s all been rather boring with the above restrictions, especially the “staying local part!” But finally, I had an excuse to go out on my bike and ride somewhere different. Or at least different to what I’ve had for the past month or so!
I had an appointment at the hospital, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals are inundated with coronavirus patients. As a result, they’ve split up their services and now send outpatients to different hospitals. Which meant I was sent to another hospital, twenty miles away! What a great excuse to get on my bike and leave Bognor Regis!
World bicycle-tour video, homecoming, the last video of Garry’s World tour, using the Flickr photographs and videos he took while away touring.
After 12 months, 22 countries, and 22,154 miles, on a wet and windy November day, Garry cycles into the Fox Inn car park, ending his World tour!
385 days to the day Garry was waved off by family and friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Initially, Garry was only cycling to Australia, but after reaching there in five months. Garry decided to cycle home via the United States of America! It was while cycling across America that Garry changed his plans once again! And decided to make it into a World bicycle tour!
Now, back at the Fox Inn, he is once again greeted by family and friends! Who have a surprise party planned! Once off his a bike, a wet Garry walks into the pub. Where more friends greet him, and a pub, decorated floor to ceiling in flags of the World, in celebration of his achievement!
Spirit FM (Garry’s local radio station) was also at the party. They were presenting Garry with the Local Hero award he won, for his efforts in the saddle. Along with a cheque for the charity, Garry was riding for, Cancer research.
A big surprise for Garry, and totally unexpected! A great way to finish off his around the world bicycle ride!
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A once in a lifetime adventure? Garry’s hoping not, given half a chance he’d be off tomorrow!
World bicycle-tour video, China, another Flickr/YouTube video, the final leg of Garry’s bicycle ride around the world in 2011/12.
After being stuck at the Kazak China border for two days, Garry can now start his ride across China. This is his second time in China, after deciding to turn his ride to Australia, into a World tour. And as before it was equally as confusing, with nobody understanding Garry and he definitely didn’t understand them! But that’s all part of the fun and adventure, and one reason for travelling!
Back in China, Garry was immediately confronted with mountains and on his first day had a climb of over 2000 metres! And after a long day ended up camping at the top! Being as it was now October, temperatures at night were pretty cold. In fact, it was so cold Garry had to sleep in his thermals, and was only just about warm enough! Coming down the mountain in the morning, Garry had to keep stopping to warm up! He even put plastic bags over his gloves and shoes to try and stay warm!
Where To Finish
As Garry cycled along, he debated where he should finish his World ride. Should he cycle back to Kunming, where he started his first stint in China? But that would have meant having to fly to Beijing, then another flight home from there. Hong Kong and Shanghai were also on Garry’s radar, which would have kept Garry away from home for longer! But in the end, Garry decided that he had to go home at some point, and the easiest and nearest option was Beijing!
Garry was amazed at the amount of building going on! The skyline of every town and city would be filled with tower cranes building new high rise apartments!
The food was just as amazing as before, and nothing gets wasted, or deboned for that matter! Chicken dishes involved everything claws, beak and all, and Garry found he had a real taste for chicken claws! Which were a delicacy in China!
Garry spent a lot of time cycling on motorways, mainly due to roads being closed or because there was no other route! There were plenty of toll booths that Garry would have to cycle past! Sometimes they would wave Garry through, or even take his photo! But generally, Garry would just put his head down and zip past on the hard shoulder! Eventually, his luck ran out, and the police stopped him! And took him away to the police station, where he was told to wait in a corridor! Garry sat there, wondering what his fate would be? Were the police going to give Garry a fine, lock him up, or something else! Maybe he should make a run for it. After all, he could see his bike just outside! It was a worrying wait, which seemed to last forever!
Eventually, the police came back and took Garry upstairs and into an office! They’re sitting behind a desk was a portly middle-aged man, who was obviously the boss. Garry was beckoned to sit down and offered a cup of tea! The man started talking to Garry in very broken English. He just seemed interested in what Garry was doing and why, and only briefly mentioned that he shouldn’t be cycling on the toll roads! After an hour or so, they let Garry go and pointed him to the road away from the toll road.
It’s A Bit Chilly
Temperatures were really starting to tumble now, and one day, Garry passed a thermometer saying it was -11! And that was during the day! It was so cold Garry’s front wheel started to freeze up and wouldn’t turn! Even a short stop at traffic lights would cause the wheel to freeze! Garry ended up carrying a flask of hot water, which he would pour over the hub to free it up! (it turned out there was a slight amount of water in his hub dynamo that was the cause!)
There was plenty of wild camping, which in these temperatures was extremely challenging, and Garry would have to put on every layer, to keep warm! Roads were also becoming slippery, with snow and ice, and Garry fell off a couple of times!
Garry reached Beijing in six weeks, after cycling 2800-miles from the Kazakhstan border. In Beijing, Garry had mixed feelings, yes it was great that he had cycled here, but this was the end of his world tour! All Garry had to do now was book his flight to England and ride the last few miles home.
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