Cycling journey along the coast

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A view from Sandbanks beach towards Harry's rock
June 26

Ahhh a day off where I'm doing something, at last!

It was a calm day and it looked ok as it was first sunny but still it get cloudy by midday but I was willing to do something. So I simply grabbed my bicycle and head to the coast in direction of Sandbanks stopping by at Evening Hill and enjoying the landscape and sight on Brownsea and Poole Harbour.

I made it to the Chain Ferry but I finally decided to head eastward instead and went back to the beach to cycle in direction of Bournemouth. I tried to call Ancsa to meet up somewhen during the day but didn't manage to reach her. There was also a CS member that was in B'mouth for a few days so I contacted him and managed to set a meeting later at the end of the day. So in the meantime I simply decided to cycle on the beach all the way, passing Alum Chine, Westbourne until Bournemouth Pier.
View at the exit of Poole Bay in Sandbank with the Barfleur leaving to France


First about Sandbanks, it is repute to be one of the most expensive worth estate in the world (4th one). Although I wasn't impress by the quality of the architecture, which left me unamazed. The beach though and the view on Old Harry Rocks and Studland is great that is a fact nobody can deny.

The coast is a bit rocky and cliffy between Poole and B'mouth so I got familiar with the term 'Chine' which basically means a sort of opening valley where you can reach the beach from those low cliff. It is also some quite interesting natural relief, coming from a pine wooden top hill (where nice estate suburbs such as Compton Acres, Liliput lies) down to a sandy beach crowded with tiny coloured beach hut.

When I arrived in Bournemouth though, the temperature changed and it was getting horribly cold.
Me in Sandbanks
I was in Bermudas and well it was not such a good day. So anyhow, I decided to keep on cycling further through Boscombe until Christchurch area, reaching first the cliffs on Hengsbury Head from which I had a great view on the Needle of the Isle of Wight as well as Christchurch Harbour Bay.

I went into Christchurch, which is a complete different town than Poole and Bournemouth. Actually more calm and more typical with a charming Priory and tiny harbour. There was also the remains of a Norman castle which were nice to see. I didn't stay long and started to cycle back to make it on time to meet with Yussuf in Bournemouth. I was a bit tired but it's always nice to meet new people so we talked and went to Wetherspoon for a drink and talk before I left back to Poole with the bike following the coastal road.
Beach in Sandbank


My evening was a bit more relax though and I tried to get some heat once at home!

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June 27

Today was suppose to be my pay day, but it hasn't arrive. It pisses me off, we are paid once a month and it doesn't arrive when it should.

I was annoyed by the british banking too which is slightly slow and prehistoric (in terms of money transfer... while it should always be done automatically when you press 'send' it still takes about 4 working days to be done... silly in the age of electronic!).

One great news is that Ela sent me the money for the modem I finally couldn't use and which I bought in London. So this won't have been lost and I'm quite happy about it though I can't believe it takes days to reach my account.

Today was a lazy day besides the administrative stuff, I was daze most of the morning and did my cleaning and some HC/BW volunteer work during the day.

I spent the day a bit thoughtful... and was damnly wondering why is there hair growing on my shoulder!
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