Travelsonabike2 Thursday 2nd-March-2023

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in the UK Thursday, 2nd-March-2023. Brighstone to Brighstone! 29 miles. I was so undecided as to where I should go today that I came back to Brighstone. And have camped back in the same spot I was in yesterday.

I left Grange Farm around nine this morning and was going to go over to a campsite I’d found near Cowes that is open all year. I thought I’d check it out for future reference. Although it’s slightly worrying, and the reason for checking it out is that it’s a holiday park, not a campsite. But they apparently take tents. We’ll see. I plan to go tomorrow now.

As I said, I left the campsite around nine and decided that as the wind was favourable, i.e. it was behind me, I’d cycle along Miltary road to Freshwater Bay. Usually, the wind is blowing a gale coming off the sea, making the ride tough going. But with the wind behind me, I flew along until I came to the hills, that is.

After reaching Freshwater, I headed north. There’s a lovely cycle path along the river Yar that takes you to Yarmouth. From Yarmouth, I was going to pick my way across the quieter roads to Cowes. But then I changed my mind and decided to go and see my mate Malcolm who lives in Newport. I wasn’t sure if he was still around; after all, he is in his nineties! But thankfully, he’s still with us.

It was good to catch up with Malcolm. I’ve not seen him for a couple of years. He looked well. Despite having covid last, which he was still suffering from. After a bit of lunch which Malcolm kindly bought, I made my way back to Brighstone. I might try the Cowes campsite tomorrow.

Two men
With Malcolm

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