St-Richards-Hospital 30th July 2021. Well its been a pretty boring day, with nothing really happening.
The doctor visited this morning and said it was a shame we couldn’t get you home for the weekend! But with your wound still weeping, it wouldn’t be a good idea!
I asked her about my infection markers, and that if they’re coming down, why is my wound still weeping? She said it’s probably my body’s own defence, pushing out the infection. Just like a spot that’s full of pus! It made sense to me.
I got a little bored yesterday, so I made a short YouTube video. Which you can be viewed below.
Bournemouth bicycle ride video, seven miles of traffic-free cycling along the seafront from Southbourne in the East to Poole in the West. The route starts, or at least it does if you’re going East to West in Southbourne.
Immediately as you arrive on the seafront at Southbourne, it looks and feels like you’re cycling abroad somewhere rather than in England with its wide sandy beach! The golden sand from the beach gets blown over the path in parts, making cycling tricky, particularly with Garry’s heavy load!
The route continues with the golden sand on one side and on the other side row upon row of beach huts nestled in the steep cliffs. Some of the beach huts are even two stories high!
As the ride continues, Garry arrives in Boscombe with its Victorian Pier. It’s busy here, with the bars and restaurants that line the route! Past Boscombe Pier, there’s more wide-open beaches, beach huts and cliffs. And one of Garry’s favourite things, not! A land train! You’ll have to watch the video to hear what Garry has to say about that! The sight of the land train then sets Garry off on another rant, this time, it’s about electric scooters! I think Garry needs to take a chill pill!
As Garry calms down, he passes the oldfunicular railway, connecting the promenade with the clifftop. Unfortunately, it’s currently out of use after a landslip in 2016.
Bournemouth pier comes up quickly, which is surprisingly quiet on the approach. But that’s soon made up for, on the other side, with the busy amusement arcades and kiddy rides. There’s yet more beach huts as Garry passes, Durley Chine, Middle Chine, Alum Chine and Branksome Chine. Once past the Chine’s, it’s Canford Cliffs, then onto Poole and the end of the ride.
A short video of Garry’s first-ride after full hip-replacement, It’s only been a week since Garry underwent hip replacement surgery. But he’s already back out and about on his bike! Making a nuisance of himself!
Although Garry’s back on his bike, I think it’ll be a while before he’s able to go away touring. There’s a big difference between riding his bike up and down his road to cycling 60/80 miles a day!
Bognor seafront video, a cycle ride along the seafront of Bognor Regis. From West to East.
After all the videos Garry has made over the years! It dawned on him that he’d never actually filmed the whole length. Yes, most of his videos start and finish along the seafront, but he’s never filmed it all.
The video was recorded at the beginning of May when Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. (This is maybe why it’s so quiet.) and Garry was on his way home after cycling up Salterns Way, so he had the camera to hand.
The video starts along the road in the West of Bognor at Marine Park gardens. The road is short-lived, and it’s not long before Garry’s cycling along on the traffic-free prom. As the ride continues, Garry passes along West Bognor before arriving at Bognor’s pier. Which dates back to the 1800s and is, unfortunately, a shadow of its former glory! Just after the pier to the left is what can only be described as a 1970s NCP car park! It is, in fact, the site of a former nightclub and café that burnt down in 2016. It’s good that Bognor has a council that cares what Bognor looks like and is keen to keep its prime areas looking their best!!
Along from the pier, Garry continues past central Bognor and onto Butlins at the East end of the town. Past Butlins it’s onto Felpham, and its seafront cafes, and blue and yellow beach huts. After the beach huts, we pass the private estates of Felpham before the prom runs out and the ride finishes.
It’s only a short ride, less than 3-miles. But Garry always likes to start and finish his rides along the seafront. Whether he’s going that way or not!