Saturday, July 21, 2012
I'm back home having failed to complete my coastal tour. After a difficult start due to Illness I then encountered some horrendous weather. Gale force winds and heavy rain on a daily basis delayed my progress.
However I intended to ride out the bad weather and do as much as I could, but I injured my right hand. I'm not sure how. I woke up one morning with my hand completely numb. I assumed I had just slept on it and that it would be ok once I got the circulation going. It didn't improve.
I had difficulty controlling the bike as effectively I was steering with one hand, I was unable to operate my front brake or change gear.
Regretably I had to make a decision to return home by train, but the tour wasn't waisted time. I saw some great scenery, castles, met a lot of nice people and lost a lot of weight cycling up many long steep hills.
My right hand is slowly improving but I may need some surgery. I have damaged nerves.
I have already decided to start this coastal tour again next year.