Travelsonabike2 Friday 23rd-June-2023

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in the UK Friday, 23rd-June-2023. Brockenhurst to Adgestone on the Isle of Wight. 46 miles. Another low mileage day. 40 to 50 miles seem to be about my limit these days. But it’s all good with me as long as I can still get out.

That couple, or rather the family that I met at last night’s campsite, were good enough to go and get me some fish and chips from the chip shop. I think they felt pity for the old boy hobbling along! Whatever, I was just grateful that I didn’t have to cook. Although I’d already had fish and chips the other night when I was there. It’s just as well I’m finding it all a bit hard going. Hopefully, I’ll burn all the calories off.

I was somewhat confused between Lymington and Yarmouth this morning. Nothing new there, then. Some may say. I wanted to visit a shop in Yarmouth, but I thought it was in Lymington. So I went on a detour in the New Forest because had I gone directly, it wouldn’t have been open as it was too early. It wouldn’t have been open anyway because it wasn’t there! It was only midway through my detour that I realised my mistake. Mind you, I didn’t mind as I found some more new roads that I hadn’t cycled before.

A family of Brent geese at tonight’s campsite

I seem to be hitting a wall at about 30, maybe 40 miles. It’s happened every day this week apart from Tuesday when I left home. My neck starts hurting, I get a thumping headache and my legs just don’t seem to want to work, especially when it comes to hills. I had the intention of cycling around the island to Brighstone today. But after visiting the Needles (only from Alum Bay, a mile or so away), I reached Freshwater Bay and the steep hill that takes you out along the main coastal road. Blow that, I thought and headed back to Yarmouth along the flat cycle path beside the River Yar.

I spent the rest of the day trying to avoid as many hills as possible, which on the Isle of Wight isn’t easy. Hence why I’ve come to Adgestone instead of Brighstone. Despite the pain and effort involved, I’m still enjoying myself.

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