Sunday, April 1, 2007

Biking the Isle of Wight

We can hardly believe that another week has come and gone. Three more weeks and counting! But don't think that we are getting trunky, there is still a lot of "work" to be done before we come home. This weekend Allyson and I headed South to a place called the Isle of Wight (just off the southern coast of England).

Saturday morning we woke up around 6:00 and drove about 1.5 hours to Lymington. From there we took a 30-minute ferry ride to Yarmouth and quickly found a shop where we could hire two bikes for the day and started off on our journey. We biked along a beautiful coastal trail that wove between the ocean and farm land. Here's Allyson carrying her bike up a long stair case from the ocean to the upper trail. I tried to get her to carry mine too but she said I had to work off my gut!
Our destination was a placed called "The Needles" which is a series of rock formations on the tip of the island. It was kind of hazy, but it turned out to be a really nice day.
The trail eventually lead us into a small town where we saw this old thatched-roof church. We also found an authentic beer fest--crazy music and all--but decided to push on.
My favorite part was meeting my life-long hero, Cookie Monster. He and I shared a few rounds of "C is for Cookie".
On the ferry ride back the wind was pretty strong so we saw a bunch of sail boats that looked like they were going to tip over.
Question: Where else in the world can you start with 190 pounds, burn 28 on a bike, burn another 20 on a meal and end up with 195?
Answer: Two words, Ask Norm.