Well I made it back home the same day after a nice if painful ride. 160 miles in two days did not leave me unmarked with my first saddle sores leaving sitting comfortably as no longer being an option. I also somehow have managed to numb the little finger of my right hand – it has been three days now which is slightly worrying for when I set off tomorrow!
The practice ride itself had some lovely sights. Including the sea and what was apparently the Isle of Wight – I was informed of this by another cyclist who due to their carrying about 35kg less weight than me kept passing me in spite of stopping to take in the view.
I also went past Goodwood racecourse, somewhat unexpectedly as my map didn’t make it clear exactly which road it was on.
After that I didn’t really take any more photos as I was just getting on with the slog of trying to return home over a distance I wasn’t really physically prepared for!
The village of Selborne was particularly beautiful – famous for Gilbert White’s House (no me neither) and is close to Alton where Jane Austen’s house is.
Other than that I wouldn’t recommend cycling round Basingstoke’s ring road on a bicycle – having cars whizzing past on either side whilst avoiding turning off at a junction is not something I want to repeat! I have also just realised why it was a lot scarier than on the way – on the return I went the long way round on the busier stretch of road…
This is me fully loaded – hopefully I will have less when I set off finally. I am definitely losing the backpack as it seems likely that is what has caused the issue with my hand.