It was a tough ride though! I found it physically and mentally much tougher than the hillier Dean 300 a couple of weeks ago. The headwind on the way down to the New Forest sapped energy and morale. And on the way back it rained for a good few hours.
Still, on a day when you have local ice cream, you see your first Great Grey Shrike, can admire the huge Bozedown Alpaca Farm and enjoy the picturesque Test Valley, you can be happy that you're out and about.
I was in good company also with James and Roger.
|Having a break with James and Roger|
I took a couple of pictures of the New Forest and noted how it's not new and in places looks nothing like a forest. Wiki tells us that 'Nova Foresta' was recorded in the Domesday book in 1086, and the reasons why it was called 'new'.
|The New Forest|
The most bizarre moment was when I saw a bucket in a tree.
|Bucket in a tree|
Photos are here: MyPhotos
- Finishing at 1:15 AM
- Very nice welcome back at HQ where soup and bacon rolls were presented. Thank you!
- During the dark section, a deer crossing the road right in front of us
- Hearing owls