Day 59 of Bev’s big breeze adventure – Maldon to Ipswich (back with the gang)

So I’ve now cycled around the coast of Great Britain anti clockwise on my bicycle so far 4122.5 miles all I have to do is cycle another 74 miles back to Stevenage tomorrow.
It was so great to meet up with the girls from Stevenage in Maldon last night and really great to cycle with them today. I can’t believe how well they were cycling today they’ve obviously been training while I’ve been away we were pretty whizzy.
I have to point out that the drivers in Essex particularly as we cycled in to Jaywick must be the worst and most inconsiderate drivers I’ve come across on my travels. We received the worst verbal abuse I’ve ever had on a bike, we were almost knocked off our bikes, we were sworn at and the drivers are completely ignorant of the Highway Code. We really could’ve done with a police escort.
Please please please we need a campaign to teach drivers to be more considerate on the road I know there are cyclists out there too that need to be more considerate too but cyclists are being killed on the roads and it needs to stop.
Ok as we got closer tomSuffolk the drivers were much better thank goodness it was getting scary out there.
We arrived in Ipswich in good time for a shower and dinner and then the lovely Alison breeze area co-ordinator for north east London joined us for dinner and will cycle with us tomorrow.
Thanks everyone for a great day.

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Day 58 of Bev’s big breeze adventure- Gravesend to Maldon (lots of Breeze)

I caught the 8.40 ferry over to Tilbury and met Jacqui and had some breakfast in tilbury and then we cycled on through the Essex countryside and coast line towards Southend. I als hit the 400 mile mark to day. We carried on to Battlesbridge where we met Sue and had some lunch.
We then continued on to Maldon where I met up with the gang from Stevenage. It really feels like I’m almost home now meeting my friends from home.
Vicki from Norfolk also joined us at our b&b she’s joining us tomorrow.
We e had a great reunion and now we need to get to bed it’s a long day tomorrow.

Day 57 of Bev’s big breeze adventure- Sandwich to Gravesend (I turned the corner and got a tail wind)

I left Sandwich at 9.30 and had a Head wind to Ramsgate then head winds and cross winds until just before Margate.

I was told off for cycling on the Viking cycle route in Broadstairs, apparently there are some local bylaws that ban cycling on the Viking cycleway in certain places.

I got to Margate and met Dennis for a cuppa in the bus cafe. It was a bit early for a stop but I was given a tip off from Pam that this was a good place to stop – so thanks for that Pam 👍

I then continued with the wind behind me – at last and met Janet from Herne Bay in Reculver. We cycled on to Herne Bay where Janet very kindly treated me to lunch. Also gave me a very interesting little factette – the clock tower in Herne Bay is the oldest clock tower in the country.
 Janet then cycled on with me a little further and pointed me in the right direction.
In Whitstable I met Gary another cyclist heading the same way as me – well as far as Sittingbourne so we cycled together for 12 miles or so which was very pleasant. He’s trying to encourage his wife to cycle more but apparently she won’t cycle with him as she thinks he’s Bradley Wiggins so I told him all about Breeze and gave him a card. I hope we see your wife on a Breeze ride soon Gary and I hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday. It was great to cycle with you today.

I then continued on through pleasant countryside then I came to Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester then cycled up a cycle route which runs alongside the M2 which was a bit bizarre as I felt like I was cycling up the M2 the wrong way.
 I then came to the Premier Inn in Sittingwell where we are staying tonight.

So it’s been another fabulous day on the bike.

Day 57 of Bev’s big breeze adventure – Sandwich to Gravesend (I turned the corner and got a tail wind)

I left Sandwich at 9.30 and had a Head wind to Ramsgate then head winds and cross winds until just before Margate.

I was told off for cycling on the Viking cycle route in Broadstairs, apparently there are some local bylaws that ban cycling on the Viking cycleway in certain places.

I got to Margate and met Dennis for a cuppa in the bus cafe. It was a bit early for a stop but was given a tip off from Pam that this was a good place to stop – so thanks for that Pam 👍

I then continued with the wind behind me – at last and met Janet from Herne Bay in Reculver. We cycled on to Herne Bay where Janet very kindly treated me to lunch. Also gave me a very interesting little factette the clock tower in Herne Bay is the oldest clock tower in the country.

Janet then cycled on with me a little further and pointed me in the right direction. In Whitstable I met Gary another cyclist heading the same way as me – well as far as Sittingbourne so we cycled together for 12 miles or so which was very pleasant. He’s trying to encourage his wife to cycle more but apparently she won’t cycle with him as she thinks he’s Bradley Wiggins so I told him all about Breeze and gave him a card. I hope we see your wife on a Breeze ride soon Gary and I hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday. It was great to cycle with you today.

I then continued on through Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester then cycled up a cycle route which runs alongside the M2 which was a bit bizarre as I felt like I was cycling up the M2 the wrong way.

I then came to the Premier Inn in Sittingwell where we are staying tonight.

So it’s been another fabulous day on the bike.

P

Day 55 of Bev’s big breeze adventure- Hove to Hastings (head winds again)

Before setting off from Hove we took a wander down to the beach and finally I got to have a paddle in the sea. Alison then treated us to ice cream.

We set off from Hove at around 12 and headed towards Eastbourne to meet Breeze champions Sophie and Jacqui. We stopped at a lovely beach side cafe in Seaford for a cup of tea then continued on to Eastbourne. We had a sandwich then met up with Sophie and Jacqui at which stage I had to say another sad goodbye to Alison. Thank you so much Alison we’ve really had a fabulous couple of days I’ve really enjoyed your company and cycling with you – I’ll be back.

I then continued on towards Hastings with Sophie and Jacqui having another ice cream stop 5 miles before Hastings. I was powered by ice cream today but it helped with the head winds we had.

When we got to Sophie’s I was greeted by her 2 very excited dogs Jasper and Cooper, her cat Marley and her 4 chickens. The dogs seem to have fallen in love with Dennis.

We went into Hastings for some dinner and Sophie gave us a fabulous guided tour of Hastings.

Day 54 of Bev’s big breeze adventure – Havant to Hove (with Alison)

So today I cycled to Chichester to meet Alison and cycle to Hove with her.

Dennis had plans and needed to be up early I went back to bed for an hour, then got up again, had my breakfast and was ready to leave just after 9.15 I wasn’t meeting Alison until 11.30 but decided I’d get to Chichester early and just chill for a while.

When Alison turned up we had an ice cream before setting off then made it to Little Hampton for a lunch stop by the sea.

We then continued on to Worthing and stopped for tea. Then did the last 12 miles to Hove. So it’s been a very chilled out day.

We’ve spent the evening throwing a ball for Bartie the Parsons terrier and eating dinner and just relaxing.

We’re staying with Alison in Hove tonight who has been looking after us extremely well.

We were going to get that paddle in this evening but got distracted – we don’t need to set off until lunch time tomorrow so the plan is to go for a paddle tomorrow morning. So here’s hoping it will happen.

Day 53 of Bev’s Big Breeze Breeze Adventure- Southampton to Havant (alone again)

It’s my shortest day of the whole adventure today only 36 miles so a nice chilled out day. I’ve no companions today though.
I left the Premier Inn in Southampton a little before 10, cycled through Southampton and caught the Pink ferry from Hamble. It was very pink – It only takes 12 passengers and it was almost full with 11 passengers (4 were children) 2 dogs and 4 Bikes.
I then continued on towards Portsmouth with fabulous views of the Isle of Wight and got to Gosport to catch my 2nd ferry of the day. This one wasn’t quite so cute though.
I then continued on through Portsmouth and Southsea towards Havant where we are staying tonight.
I was there before 2pm so we’ve taken a walk down towards Hayling Island and I’m just chilling with a nice Pimms as the Premier Inn didn’t have any yesterday
We’re having an early dinner then catching up with Laura and Joy more skiing friends.