On This Day 21st-April-2018

This week’s on this day post comes from the 21st-April-2018, and I’m in the UK. 2018 wasn’t the greatest of years for me. It was the year I had severe sepsis shock and spent a month in intensive care. Even though that was a few months away, I was already struggling and in a lot of pain. But I was still determined to get away on my bike. This was also the night that I discovered my tent wasn’t waterproof.

Saturday 21st-April-2018. Langton Matravers to Adgestone. 64 miles.

Well, just for a change, I’m on the Isle of Wight. Although not at my usual campsite in Brighstone. Apart from liking the Isle of Wight, my other reason for returning is that my hip and leg are so bad now that I don’t have the confidence to go too far. I can just about cope as long as nothing goes wrong. But if I had a puncture or had to change a tyre. That would take a lot of effort and possibly finish me off for the day, if not the week! I find putting the tent up hard enough. But after saying all that, I’m still enjoying myself.

The Two sails bridge at Poole
The Two sails bridge at Poole

I’m feeling tired today. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Last night, all I could hear was some cow (the four-legged type) mooing all night. I don’t know what was up with it, whether it was trying to give birth or something. But it definitely sounded distressed. The chances are that I won’t get much sleep tonight, either. There’s a strong possibility of thunderstorms tonight.

It’s been much cooler today than of late, possibly because it’s been overcast all day. And I spent the last few miles of the day cycling in the rain. Luckily, the rain stopped just long enough for me to put the tent up, then the heavens opened! Possibly a precursor of what the rest of the night has in stall.

A harbour in England
Coming into Yarmouth harbour

My eyes are still bad. And I’m wondering now if I’ve got conjunctivitis. I’m heading home tomorrow, so I’ll go to the doctor’s on Monday and get them checked out.

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