The change in circumstances - a broken hip in February - meant that wasn't going to be possible. I had to make it a two day ride.
This was my third and longest multi-day ride. The first was four days to Paris and the second a two day ride along the South Downs Way (SDW). Both were with Matthew and Richard. Next year I hope to roundup some companions for a six day ride.
I packed heavy for both trips, including a full size camera. This time I carried the minimum and relied on my phone for pictures. They were both weather affected. The Paris trip by rain for most of the first day. The SDW by rain leading up to the trip. Which meant the first day especially was almost all very thick mud.
Just having the simple tasks of finding food and staying on route was brilliant. And being with my mates of course.
I was making good time, passing near Farnham, through Alton and Bighton around 08:30.
|Avington Country Park|
It wasn't until nearly 2 p.m that I was able to stop to eat properly. At the Carriers Arms in Stockton. Great food and a warm welcome. I was too hungry to take a pic of the food.
|Carriers Arms Stockton|
|Somewhere in the Quantocks|
I was meandering through Somerset, mostly singletrack gravel covered lanes. The pic below was at the beginning of a very bad stretch.
|finally into Devon|
|sheltering from the heat. Bampton|
|waiting for my sister|
|Masons Arms. Branscombe|
I arrived in Seaton mid afternoon a relaxed man.
I didn't expect the trams. But it made a nice reason to wander around for bit.
|The Tippling Philosopher|
|the long and winding road|
I made good time, the weather was much cooler. Arriving in Salisbury around four. The only blight was a painful knee and developing saddlesore. Again the option of the train for the next day was considered.
Before checking into my b&b - the Qudos. I took a moment to sit by the river. And update everyone.
|The River Avon|
|Avington country park|
|The Dill Alton|
|St Laurence church Seale|