|Route 3 Cowes to Newport||Round the Island Cycle Route||Cowes||Chain Ferry||Crane|
Drove from Wallingford to Southampton. Parked in the Triangle car Park, operated by Ringo. Phoned in my carpark reservation for 3 days. Caught the Red Funnel's Ferry, the "Red Osprey" at 12.00, landing in East Cowes at 1.00pm.
Reset the odometer to 0 and set off on a short circular cycle tour to Newport and back. Forgot the pump. Had to buy one in a bike shop in Newport where I picked up a "Round the Island" cycle route leaflet. Returned to West Cowes along a traffic free path beside the River Medina. Booked into the Anchorage Guest House. Looked around West Cowes and crossed over the river by chain ferry to East Cowes for a supper of haddock and chips. In bed by 10 pm.
|Cowes||Newtown||Yarmouth||Freshwater Bay||St Catherines Point|
Departed Peter's at 8.30 to follow, more or less, the Round the Island Route in the anti-clockwise direction. Arrived at Yarmouth at 10.45 for an icecream. Cycled down the old railway line by the River Yar to Freshwater and Freshwater Bay, where I had lunch and paddled. After lunch pushed the bike up the steepish hill out of Freshwater Bay and cycled along the busy A3055 until the turn off to Brook. Kept away from the main road and along the country lanes until Chale. Struggled up another steepish hill past the Black Gang Chine but sped down a 30 mph fall to Niton. Arrived there at 3.30 so went to the Buddle Inn for a pint of Buddle Ale before cycling up to the Kingsmede B&B in Whitwell. Ate well in the busy local public house.
Today the odometer increased from 11.54 to 50.98 i.e. 39.44 miles cycled.
|Whitwell||Bembridge Lifeboat Station||Ryde||Quarr Abbey||Red Funnel Ferry|
The people at the B&B advised that the closed under cliff road from Niton was probably not passable for cyclists so departed the B&B along the Whitwell Road. Sadly missed a turning and found myself in Shanklin Old Town. Turned left at the traffic lights and followed the A3020 to Sandford and regained the "Round the Island Route" and so continued on narrow quiet lanes until the traffic lights on the A3055. Crossed the busy road and followed the route to Bembridge, diverting to see the Lifeboat Station and have tea at the Lifeboat View Cafe. Continued along the "Round the Island Route" around Bembridge Harbour and through St Helens but headed off to Nettlestone Point in order to try to follow the coastal cycle route into Ryde. Continued along the route to Fishbourne, stopping off at Quarr Abbey. After Fishbourne was forced back onto the very busy A3054 for a short while in order to get across Wootton Creek. Took a right turn in Wootton to find the Brocks Copse and Altherstone country roads to East Cowes to cathch the ferry.
The journey from Cowes to Southampton on the "Red Osprey" takes about 1 hour. The Red Osprey was built in 1994 by Ferguson Shipbuilders Port Glasgow. In the news today was that Ferguson,the last of the Glasgow merchant shipbuilders is going into administration. Approaching Southampton Dock we passed the cruise ship the "Azura", headed for an 18 day cruise to Greece. Disembarked, pushed the bike to the Triangle Carpark, find and load the car the car and drive home.
Today the odometer increased from 50.98 to 90.27 i.e. 39.29 miles cycled.
The saddle bag was used for bike stuff. The pannier was used for overnight stuff.
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