Monday 15th April. Adgestone to Bognor Regis. 13 miles.

Rough sea

Not a lot going on today and as predicted I did end up getting the train home!

I don’t enjoy the ride home from Portsmouth at the best of times, so I’m certainly not going to battle against some strong headwind, if I don’t have to!

boats
Ryde harbour

Sad news on the accident I mentioned yesterday. Apparently it involved a bus, one person lost their life and 19 others were taken to hospital! My condolences to all involved.

Hovercraft on the sea
The Ryde hovercraft battling against the wind

Not a huge amount of miles covered these past few days, but then it was never about that! It was more a case of getting back to some of my regular campsites that have only just opened up for the season.

Total miles covered 103.

Sunday 14th April. Brockenhurst to Adgestone. 30 miles.

Fields and grass

One thing that I forgot to mention yesterday, I actually remembered to check my tyres before setting off!

Trees camp cooker

Fresh but sunny start to the day

Late start early finish today! I didn’t leave the New Forest until 10 and was all set up for the night by 3.30pm. And 40-minutes of that was on a ferry!

Even though I’ve only come a short distance today, it’s been a hard ride! There’s been a strong headwind, which is forecast to continue tomorrow! That’s one of the reasons why I left the New Forest, I didn’t fancy 60-miles into a strong wind! So I split it, 30-miles today and 30-miles tomorrow!

Road ponies and gorse

Plenty of ponies on the road this morning

Although to be honest if it is blowing a gale tomorrow I’ll probably jump on the train in Portsmouth!

I saw another nasty road accident today, which was on the road that I would normally have taken! But knowing I didn’t have far to go today I went on a detour!

Been following a family in their campervan today, or they’ve been following me! I spoke to them last night in the New Forest, then saw them again on the ferry, and now they’re on this campsite!

Thatched cottage

Thatched cottage in Calborne

But they assure me they’re staying here until next weekend and not following me!

Saturday 13th April. Bognor Regis to Brockenhurst. 60 miles.

Finally after three weeks of looking after cats and dogs I’m free of all duties and able to go away!

Bike sea

Passepartout in Lee-on-Solent

Although it’s been a bit of a tie it’s not really been a problem and I’ve enjoyed looking after Toby, Murphy and Wilson.

Originally I was going to go away for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t go away for longer as I’ve got my pre-op at the beginning of May, but suddenly I realised that, just for a change I’ve got the doctors in two days time as well!

Cottages

Cottages in Hook

Nice ride down, I seem to be getting back into this cycle touring malarkey!

Once again it was good to visit one of my old campsites, and it was good to see the people who run it! They did wonder what had happened to me, as they only saw me twice last year! Cue the story!

Went into Brockenhurst village to get supper for the evening, but got distracted and ended up spending the evening in the pub!

Trees tent

All set up for the night

Not too sure what I’m going to do tomorrow, I might stay put or possibly go to the Isle of Wight, I’ll see in the morning.

Odd Photos Taken In March 2019

Church

A collection of odd photos that have appeared on the website in March, and the various media platforms that Garry blogs on, plus some extra ones.

It’s been a very busy month for Garry, with plenty of walking and cycling, visiting many old places and one or two new ones.

Photos included this month; the Isle of Wight, Cambridge and France amongst others.

Read the stories behind the photos by visiting Garry’s March 2019 update.

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