Epic European Cycle : 2015-07-11 : Cycle to Ryde with Beth

Tip
Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Notes Actions
General Info To Dorset From B3326, turn inland onto Monkton St for 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Melville St. for 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Dover St. $
General Info Dorset Map $0.00
Activity
Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle Shanklin to Ryde Bicycle Island map $0.00 0.00 0.00 Day 32: 25km: Total 1359km
Seafront from Shanklin to Sandown. Sandown route north to Yaverland to hook back onto the main Coastal route. At Nettlestone, take the Ryde route to Ryde.
Accommodation
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Bed and Breakfast Dorset House Booking.com Ryde, UK $137.00 31 Dover Street, Ryde
Incl breakfast


Trip Log

Notes Actions
Today was a very short riding day. We had made it all the way to St. Helens before we decided to stop for our first break, and from there it was a fast ride to Ryde. We had thought to do a wine tour and cider tour, but where the places were located was inconvenient and would have meant adding 10km of riding, which we weren't willing to do on our "short day" of riding. So, instead we explored Ryde, had a beer at Ryde Castle, had a chocolate at the Chocolate Apothecary, and soon we'll be heading down to Three Buoys for seafood dinner.
Just about every night since Beth joined us, we've been having little evening jam sessions. Beth plays the flute, and is coming up on her 38th(?) anniversary of playing. She plays professionally and teaches. Brent plays the recorder, but he hates to practice - he just wants to magically be able to play. I've been playing the ukulele for a year, and I'm a hack who just wants to play and sing silly songs. My vocal range is really narrow, so I have to convert every song into the one key that I can sing in, which is A, but the key of A is hard to play on the ukulele, so I tune my uke so that I can play the chords of G (easiest), but have the sound come out in the key of A (two half-notes up). Let's just say that the contrast between Beth's abilities, and our abilities, is... uh... entertaining. We're having fun, though, and that's all that really matters. We particularly enjoy playing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (Monty Python), because we can all participate.


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