Garry gets his Covid-19 vaccination which gives him another excuse to leave town and go on a short ride! This time it’s to Chichester, where the vaccines are being provided. It’s only nine miles away, but Garry will take anything these days! And to make the ride last a bit longer, he came home via Tangmere and Oving.
After hearing that they were now vaccinating Garry’s age group, he wasted no time booking his appointment. Garry was pleasantly surprised at how quick he got an appointment. He went online on Saturday and got a slot five days later. He also got a date to go for his second injection at the end of May.
Now perhaps Garry can start looking forward to getting back in the saddle and go touring, although maybe not abroad! That depends on what restrictions other countries impose and whether or not a vaccine visa will be required!
Camping in the UK also looks a bit restricted, at least to start with. When campsites are allowed to open, which will be from the 14th April, at the earliest, they will only be open for campers with their own facilities! From the 17th May, at the earliest! Campsites look as if they will be open their facilities allowing Garry to go camping, that’s if they’re not all full!
The 17th May is also an important date for international travel. If everything has gone to plan, that will be the earliest date people can travel abroad for a holiday. Or, in Garry’s case, go on a bike ride! Garry’s at least hoping to make it across the channel to France, if not further afield! But it is all dependent on what happens with his hip operation, which looks as though it might happen soon! But then again, we’ve all heard that before, a couple of times!
February 2021 a video update I posted on my YouTube channel. Because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, England’s been in lockdown since the beginning of January! And as a result, we’re not allowed out, apart for specific reasons. Which I’ve copied from the government website and pasted below:
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
attend education or childcare – for those eligible
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay in your local area – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.
Staying in your local area means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
At Last An Excuse
It’s all been rather boring with the above restrictions, especially the “staying local part!” But finally, I had an excuse to go out on my bike and ride somewhere different. Or at least different to what I’ve had for the past month or so!
I had an appointment at the hospital, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals are inundated with coronavirus patients. As a result, they’ve split up their services and now send outpatients to different hospitals. Which meant I was sent to another hospital, twenty miles away! What a great excuse to get on my bike and leave Bognor Regis!
Garry’s monthly update for December 2020, apologies for not doing Novembers update, but there really wasn’t anything to say! And to be honest, there’s not much more to say about December!
November was spent in lockdown, again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was eased in December, with the introduction of a new tier system, putting West Sussex into tier 2. Allowing pubs and bars to open as long as they served food! Tier 2 didn’t last long, and we were soon moved into level 4 and are now back in lockdown! Can’t say I’m that surprised after watching the daily Covid-19 cases rise and maybe it should have happened a lot earlier. But then I’m sure our illustrious leaders know what they’re doing!?! At least we’re allowed out for unlimited exercise, so I can still go on bike rides.
What a year! No travelling, no touring, and stay at home orders! In fact, I’ve not even left West Sussex! Apart from cycling to Portsmouth, on the odd occasion. Which is only just over the border, about 20-miles or so away!
But in the scheme of things, not being able to travel or tour is a minor irritant! And if it means I avoid contracting the coronavirus, that’s fine with me. But it still annoys me!
The hospital phoned me earlier in the month. Telling me that routine operations were getting back to normal and all being well, they hope to operate on me in January or February, which is great news. Unfortunately, that was before we went back into lockdown! So I’m not holding my breath!
Hopefully, my hip operation will go ahead in the early part of next year, and by Spring I’ll be able to get back to touring! Although I do have mixed feelings about having the operation. On the one hand, it has to be done, and the sooner, the better. But on the other hand, I’ll be back to square one, unable to ride at all! And have to take a month or two off to recover! But if lockdown continues, and we remain locked down for a few months, which it seems highly likely we will be! Bring on the operation!
I wish everybody a safe and healthy new year and hope that 2021 will be better, which I’m sure it will be. Just maybe not until the second part of the year, when vaccines are rolled out more widely!
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