Monday 26th February
I woke up after 11 hours in bed, feeling refreshed but pretty sore, I kept waking every few hours during the night and did some stretching.
I spent a while organising my bags. Everything I have brought with me has its own place inside a categorised dry bag, these are then placed in my pannier bags. The pannier bags fit either side of my seat. I have to keep the weight even on each side, and am trying to keep it so that one side has items that must remain completely dry whilst the other would be ok to put wet items back in, for example a wet tent or tarpaulin.
Anyway on to today… It was a very short ride today of 27 miles to allow my legs to recover from running yesterday. In fact cycling has helped to loosen them up. I spent a lot of the day on promenade cycle paths and national cycle route 2, which didn’t seem to have any unfriendly trike barriers!
You could be fooled into thinking you are abroad with some of the holiday camps and structures on the seafront.
As I headed back inland to get across to Hayling Island, I came across a little coffee sign when I cycled passed the Apuldram Centre (a charity for adults with learning disabilities.) I am so glad I stopped, I had a hot chocolate and the best Coconut Macaroon I have ever tasted. Everyone was really friendly and interested in what I was doing, they sent me away with 2 more macaroons (these haven’t lasted the day) and stood outside in the cold to watch me set off!
I was supposed to be camping tonight but a last minute change due to the weather has meant that I have spent the afternoon in a hotel spa, just what I needed! I have also had to replan the next couple of days as I was meant to be camping tomorrow (Tuesday night and Thursday night). With no reply from any Warm Showers members (a cycle touring couch surfing app), I have found it very difficult to find affordable
accommodation, so have had to find something further inland tomorrow night. This means I will be missing part of the coast, but I am sure I will be spending enough time on it and would happily come back and cycle the New Forest section again. I need to make as much headway as possible as the weather forecast at the end of the week looks like it could stop me in my tracks!
Tomorrow Hayling Island to Burley in the New Forest!