Cycle Touring England Sunday 15th-May-2016

Garry McGivern is cycle touring England on Sunday, 15th-May-2016. A weekend ride to Winchester and back. I decided to go on a cycle ride to Winchester and back this weekend. After all, I’ve been working nearly every day for the past month or so. So, I thought I’d make the most of my time off.

I must admit this weekend off was forced upon me, though. I seem to have got my cellulitis back again! This time in my lower left leg. It’s been hurting me since Wednesday and has been rather swollen. But I didn’t give it much thought as it wasn’t worrying me! But on Friday morning, after getting up and making my lunch box for work, I started to feel ill. So much so that I decided not to work and went to see the doctor instead!

Not Again

I managed to get an early appointment, and he took one look at my leg, felt how hot it was and said that I had cellulitis again! Great, I thought I’d only just gotten rid of the last lot! But looking on the bright side, at least I’ve not been hospitalised this time! I was given antibiotics and told to rest it and try to keep the weight off it but keep moving it. So I thought the best way to keep the weight off it and to keep moving was to go on a cycle ride! Hence the ride to Winchester (I don’t need much of an excuse!)

The ride up to Winchester was pretty uneventful, and I arrived at the hotel by three. After checking in and making sure that I could get a room. I went straight back out to have a look around the city centre, using my bike as normal as a Zimmer frame!

I thought that Winchester was a rather pretty and busy place. There was a market taking place on the high street and on a green next to the cathedral there was a free music concert and some art exhibition.

Bored with looking around, I went back to the hotel, showered and went straight down to the bar! Down at the bar, I got swamped by a load of old people who were also staying at the hotel! It was a group of retired bankers calling themselves the 1818 Society who met up on a regular basis. They were a jolly bunch, and I enjoyed listening to them. They were talking about their times back in the sixties when they were working in some South American country or out in Africa. How different all those countries must have been back then.


Breakfast this morning was exciting. The retired bankers were all there and talking about their ailments, prostrate trouble, bladder trouble. I fitted in well! Not that I have any of those, but I do seem to have a few ailments myself these days!

It was a good ride home following one of the national cycle routes (no23) to Southampton, then my regular cycle route home via National Route 2 to Portsmouth and then the main road back.

Total miles covered this weekend: 111.

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4 Replies to “Cycle Touring England Sunday 15th-May-2016”

  1. Well done Spike! A nice weekend for it! I think you are talking about Old Winchester Hill that is outside Winchester in the Meon Valley. Lovely countryside all around.

  2. Nice post. I believe there’s a hill out of Winchester that’s really tough. I’m looking into having an electric wheel fitted to my zimmer frame. It’s nice to stay at a hotel.

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