March 2015 Update

March 2015 started off with my tour of East England. Which I felt did me the world of good, both physically and psychologically. Admittedly at first I was finding it really hard going and was really struggling especially on the first week. But that may have had something to do with the fact that I never really had somewhere to aim for I was just bimbling along the coast.

Purfleet quay Kings Lynn
Purfleet Quay Kings Lynn

The second week was a lot better, maybe because I was a bit more comfortable or maybe because I had a destination to aim for! (Kings Lynn) I always find I’m more motivated when I have a specific place to get to rather than just ambling around! And after 400 miles or so, I really started to feel good and was no longer struggling at all! (Not on the bike anyway) The only trouble was it was right at the end of my tour as I had to be home for the hospital!

But the benefits of my tour have continued, and now, at the end of the month, I seem to be back at that stage where I’m feeling fine and comfortable. That’s until I try and do something. Standing around really hurts, although leaning on something, i.e., a bar, relieves it! Walking, initially, I’m okay and can walk quite a bit (quite a bit for me these days is half a mile!). But it doesn’t take long before I’m in pain and have to stop and relieve the pressure on my back by either sitting down or just leaning on something! Best go on another cycle tour, I think! One thing I did miss when I came home was Puss not being here to greet me. The house definitely felt a bit empty!

More Tests

I’ve had another MRI scan this month. Unfortunately, I won’t get the results until the middle of next month due to my consultant being fully booked up and also the Easter holidays, so yet another wait! I was also doing some hydro therapy this month, which I felt was really doing some good. And I actually felt as though I was making some progress. Unfortunately, that has ended, and I now have to wait at least another month before I can get any more, even if I pay for it!


Fish and chips on Brighton beach
Fish and chips on Brighton beach

Julie was on holiday at the end of the month, so we went out for a couple of days, which was nice. One day, we got the train along the coast to Worthing and stopped in Brighton to have fish and chips on the beach before cycling on as far as Rottingdean. Then back to Brighton before getting the train back home. A very leisurely ride of 20 miles or so, mainly on cycle paths and it also follows the coast. It was Julie’s first outing on her bike this year. So, best be a little bit gentle on her!

The net shops at Hastings
The net shops at Hastings
Another Day Trip

Another day, we drove along the coast to Hastings. Not for any particular reason but more because we’d never been there. I know I was there a couple of weeks ago. But when I’m travelling by bike, I’m not very good at stopping and looking around. I just tend to cycle straight through most places! Hastings was your typical British seaside town that had seen better days and was now looking rather tired and run down. However, the old part of town was a lot more interesting. It is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways with small independent shops. Along the seafront are the tall black wooden “net shops” used to store fishing nets and their gear. (I always thought that they were smokehouses!) Unfortunately, by then, I’d had enough of walking and was in a lot of pain, so didn’t really enjoy it!

Feeding the swans in Christchurch
Feeding the swans in Christchurch
Our Final Day

On the last day of Julie’s holiday, we went to Christchurch, just to the west of the New Forest. Where the rivers Avon and Stour meet which flow into Christchurch harbour. Again, we had a lovely walk here. Walking along the river Avon and then along the quay feeding the swans and birds, until once again, I was starting to become too uncomfortable! Still, it was another nice day. The one good thing about my back being bad. If there is anything that’s good. Is I spend a bit more time touring England rather than going abroad, you forget what a beautiful country Britain really is!

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