Day 1: Bloxham to Winchester

Tuesday June 7, 2011, 144 km (89 miles) – Total so far: 144 km (89 miles)

For the first day of the tour, I cycled alone from my house in Oxfordshire down to Jon’s in Winchester, Hampshire. As the crow flies it’s about 125km, but down here on the tarmac it was closer to 150. Winchester is fairly close to Southampton airport from where we fly to Pau tomorrow.

True to form for many of my cycle tours it was raining pretty much as soon as I hit the road. In fact, I only managed about 15 minutes before my raincoat was on. Today’s lunch was more of a functional refuelling rather than a pleasant midday meal. A hot sausage roll, followed by a doughnut and coffee from a petrol station south of Oxford.

Much of today’s route I’ve done before, but in reverse, having cycled home from Portsmouth in the past. So many of the roads were familiar, including the ominously deep looking ford near Thatcham. I chickened out of trying to cycle through it last time I was here, and did so again, from the adjacent footbridge you can’t actually see the bottom, so it could well be two feet deep.

BTW – all of my photos in this journal was taken using my iPhone’s built-in camera, some have worked better than others, today’s weren’t great. Perhaps because the iPhone was designed in California, where it’s nice and sunny.

 

I followed the local Sustrans cycle route as far as Woodstock near Oxford.

I followed the local Sustrans cycle route as far as Woodstock near Oxford

This ford near Thatcham looked as if it could have been two feet deep, I didn't chance it and used the footbridge. The sun made a brief and welcome appearance here

This ford near Thatcham looked as if it could have been two feet deep, I didn’t chance it and used the footbridge. The sun made a brief and welcome appearance here

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