Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in Europe Monday, 31st-July-2023. Harwich to London by bike and train to Bognor Regis. 6.2 miles cycled according to Google, which I’m pretty sure is wrong! I’m surprised I got moving today after the breakfast I had. It’s always the same when it’s an eat as much as you like. I always abuse it, as do most people.
First I had a continental breakfast, of croissants, pan au chocolate and muffins. After all, I have just come from there! Then I went for the full English. Eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, black pudding, mushrooms and baked beans. Plus copious amounts of coffee. I certainly felt full up. And I haven’t had anything else to eat all day. But then it’s not surprising really if I’ve only cycled 6.2 miles.
The ride to London was hard going there was a strong wind blowing against me along with the odd shower or two. Just as I hit the outskirts of London those showers turned into heavy rain. And I had to put my waterproof jacket on and put the phone away in my bar bag. (as I explained before smartphones are useless in the rain) And just when I needed my phone the most for navigation purposes. But with a little luck and sneaking a quick look at my phone I made it in okay. Mind you by the time I’d reached central London the rain had stopped, which was typical. I knew my way around then.
I wasn’t too sure if I’d make it to London or not and was quite surprised with myself when I did. After taking a couple of photos I made my way to Victoria railway station. I knew that I wouldn’t be allowed on a train as it was rush hour. Bikes aren’t allowed on the trains during rush hour. But I thought I’d try. Haha, not a chance. I then had a two-hour wait before there was a train I could get on.
Some Thoughts On This Trip
It’s been a great little tour and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Although there’s always the odd moment that’s hard going and makes you think why am I doing this? But it’s always good once the day is over and there’s a sense of achievement. I’m not sure when I’ll be going away next. A lot depends on what’s going to happen with my neck.
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