Sunday 3rd February. Christchurch to Bognor Regis. 90 Miles.

Well that was a long hard day, 11-hours in the saddle!

I think I may have got my stamina back, not too sure about my cycling legs though! They were aching before I even started this morning! But I’ve still had an enjoyable day.

Thinking back to last night I was pretty tired then, I kept nodding off while I was in the restaurant eating supper! In fact at one point I nearly did a face plant into my plate! It was at that point I decided to retire to bed!

One of the main reasons for such a long day, apart from me being useless! I was pratting around in the New Forest, I kept going off on tangents!

Castle
Highcliffe Castle

I was also dithering as to what I was going to do! Should I stay out another night? Should I camp? Should I find a hotel? Or should I just go home? Decisions decisions!

In the end I decided to go camping and I knew that there was a campsite open on the Isle of Wight, so I decided to head there!

After arriving in Lymington to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight, I learnt that I’d just missed it and it was another hour before the next one!

Cobbled street with shops
Lymington

So as per normal, Mr impatient couldn’t hang around and decided to continue on to Southampton and get the ferry from there.

After bimbling around the New Forest for a few hours, I arrived in Southampton. This time it was only a 45-minute wait. Now do I wait or not?

Ponies in the snow
Now I couldn’t possibly come here without getting a picture of the ponies

After getting a bite to eat and milling it over I finally decided to come home, the main reason being, the weather forecast for tomorrow is heavy rain!

Now I know I want to go camping, but, I’m not that desperate, there’s just no joy whatsoever in cycling in the rain, especially in the winter!

Derelict barn
St Leonard’s Barn

By now it was 2 o’clock and I still had a 40-mile ride home!

I continued with my dithering all the way home, and kept changing my mind as to which way I should go!

But as I said earlier, I’ve still enjoyed these past two days, despite it being a struggle! If I don’t try I’ll never get my cycling legs back! And besides, before I know where I am I’ll be back in hospital having this hip replaced again!

2 Replies to “Sunday 3rd February. Christchurch to Bognor Regis. 90 Miles.”

  1. You must be over the moon. 90 miles! I struggle to do twenty. You must have a comfortable saddle.. That Lymington ferry has been struggling..Nice photo O Lymington and St Leonards Barn.

    1. Definitely was pleased with the mileage, even if it did take a long time, I was actually on the road for 13-hours!
      A good old Brooks B17, you can’t beat them!
      I’ve noticed over the years how the Lymington/Yarmouth ferry seems to get less frequent each year!

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