Travelsonabike2 England Wednesday 21st-June-2023

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in the UK Wednesday, 21st-June-2023. Brockenhurst to Langton Matravers. 48 miles. Not a vast amount of miles cycled today. But it was still a good day.

I forgot to mention yesterday, but Hollands Wood Campsite, last night’s stop, has sorted their pricing out. They now have a backpacker rate. I only paid £11 as opposed to the £22 I paid back in April. The New Forest could be one of my favourite campsites again.

There was no rush to leave the campsite this morning. I knew Langton Matravers wasn’t that far. But I was still on the road by 7.30. I knew there were a few hills between me and tonight’s stop. And I wanted to get them out of the way. Although they’re at the end of the ride after the Sandbanks ferry just before finishing.

Steam train in Swanage

Even though I knew it would be a tough end to the day, I still went on a detour in the New Forest and found some new trails. I do like it when you think you know an area but still manage to find new routes. Admittedly they were tracks and not the sort of cycling I usually do, but they were still fun, apart from it hurting my neck. Buy hey ho. It would have hurt later on, anyway. It usually does.

After leaving the New Forest, I bumped into a French cyclist Leah, who was on her way to Scotland. After talking to her for a while, I found out that she was going to stop off in Felpham (my home village) and visit a friend. Although I didn’t know the person, she was meeting. It’s such a small world. I wished her well and continued on my way.

It transpired that the Purbeck hills weren’t as bad as I was expecting, although it was still a tough end to the day.

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