Martin Symons

Promoting Challenges for Disabled People

Ring of Kent Adventure 2013

At last! The time has come for another bash at cycling around Kent. The plan was to circumnavigate North East Kent using National and local cycle routes, starting and finishing at Broadstairs.

 

This is my third cycling adventure accompanied by a cycle support team using the Boma 7, a motorized wheelchair/bike hybrid.

 

Our first day started from Sandy’s brother’s home in Broadstairs (who looked after the boma in their garage the night before) going along the promenade to Whitstable with wonderful views of the sea and landscape including the lookout towers used in WWII.

The weather was dry but slightly windy which wasn’t so bad but typically it turned out hot in the evening!

The route to Seasalter was on the Viking Trail which was reasonably accessible for the Boma. This was going to our longest (and only!) day at 25 miles.

As with Devon, my accommodation was the Campervan while everyone else had tents. Greg joined us again with his faithful four legged companion Brackon.

It was the next stage of the ride that was slightly problematic.

 

We took the Crab and Winkle Way (Route 1) to Canterbury. Along the route as we come into Canterbury, we were met by inaccessible gates with a stake sticking out of the ground. My Support team had to literally lift the boma up and over these. We happen to bump into the warden who suggested we write to Canterbury City Council. 

 

Come the weekend, Sandy’s friends Rose and James joined us. They came to do the cooking each evening. We even had a full Sunday roast , lamb, roasties and vegs plus some RBG (rich brown gravy).

Each night we camped at a different campsite apart from when we were in Lydd where we stayed two nights. We had a rest day and went on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch narrow gauge from Hythe to Dungeness.

The first campsite at Seasalter  was good. We were able to eat in the restaurant and the facilities were excellent.

 The following campsites we stayed at were not really wheelchair accessible on two occasions I took the boma to the facilities for showering.

This was my longest journey since the Devon Coast to Coast. We covered over 120 miles camping at Seasalter, Ashford, New Romney, Folkstone, and Deal. There were a couple of moments when I thought I wasn’t going to make it because of my re-occurring health issue that keeps haunting me! But thankfully I did do it. It’s a case of mind over matter!

Here’s to my next cycle adventure – whatever or wherever that may be.

 So far I have raised £275 for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund from this trip. If you would like to sponsor me please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/martinsymons  Thank you.

 

 Martin and cycle support team

 For campsites we used visit www.campsitesuk.co.uk For cycle routes go to www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent

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