Garry-McGivern East-England Bicycle-Tour Friday 6th-March-2015. Sandwich to Maidstone. 46 miles. Thankfully, I slept a lot better last night and didn’t wake up until five! And despite getting a good night’s sleep, it’s been a pretty abysmal effort on my part today! What with not even being able to cycle 50 miles!
For some reason, today, it took me until near lunchtime to reach Canterbury. It was only about 15 miles! Then when I got there, I managed to just ride straight through it without seeing anything! I did have a puncture, but that didn’t take me that long to sort out. Maybe it was because I was taking the cycle route, which passed through loads of small villages, and I wasn’t really riding. I was more sightseeing, or what I think is probably the real reason. I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go in! So I spent most of my time looking at the map! Even now I’ve finished for the day I’m not too sure which way to go!
I prefer my normal riding style where I have a clear target to cycle to, albeit Australia or wherever! After I’d managed to cycle straight through Canterbury, I followed another cycle path along the River Stour, which was rather pleasant despite having quite a strong headwind. After a while, I left the river. I stopped in a small village Chartham to look at my map (still undecided on my route!) when a motorbike pulled up alongside me and asked me where I was looking for. When I explained that, I wasn’t sure which way I wanted to go. Jo, the girl on the motorbike, invited me into her place for a cup of tea. Her house was just 100 yards away.
Jo was an artist. Her paintings were all over the walls of her house. She explained that she doesn’t sell any but teaches others to paint. Jo also explained that she too had a cycle tour planned from Bangor in Wales back to her home in Chartham. After chatting for a while and getting advice from Jo about which way to go, I decided to leave. I wished her luck on her tour and left still undecided on which way to go!
In the end, I’ve made it here to Maidstone, and I’m hoping that after a good night’s sleep, I’ll be able to decide on where to go! Very much a day of indecision!
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