Travelsonabike2 Wednesday 8th-February-2023

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 to Salisbury Wednesday 8th-February-2023. Christchurch to Salisbury. 56 miles.

The day got off to a great start with an eat as much as you like breakfast, which of course, I didn’t abuse much! Leaving the hotel, I had a clear plan today. Cycle the eight miles along Bournemouth prom to Sandbanks. Then get the chain link ferry to the Isle of Purbeck.

Once on the island, I was going to visit some old haunts. Langton Matravers, Corfe Castle and then Wareham before heading up to Salisbury.

I was a little concerned that Bournemouth prom may have been closed. The sand tends to blow up on the prom, making it impassable by bike. But luckily, it had been cleared, and I was able to ride along to Poole.

The Worlds Against Me

That’s when my plan fell apart. The chainlink ferry from Sandbanks to Studland was out of action. And I now faced a twenty-five-mile detour if I was to stick with my original plan. After dithering about for an hour or two, I decided to still head for Salisbury but just head up the main road.

Road closed sign
Where’s the ferry

The ride up to Salisbury was nothing special, just plenty of hills and traffic. Then once I reached Salisbury, there was yet another detour. The cycle route through town was closed because of building works. It seems as though everywhere I go on this ride; there’s a blockage or a detour. And the one place that I wouldn’t have minded being closed was tonight’s campsite. I would have had an excuse to stay in a hotel then! Only joking. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t want to come. Hopefully, the temperature won’t drop too much tonight.

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