Hooray! This morning I managed out on my first bike ride since the end of Nov 2010.
I started doing weekly bike rides pretty much when I started blogging properly which was June 2009. I noticed last winter that I didn't make it out over December and January either (due to Christmas, poor cycling weather and illness). Out of curiosity I checked back to see when exactly my last bike ride was, here is the post - and it turns out I followed exactly the same route today. Although the route is the identical I'm pleased to note that the photos I've taken are completely different. Blogging has encouraged me to make an effort to see and notice different things around me so I'm glad it still seems to be working even after all this time.
Anyway, I don't set out till about 9am. It's rather a grey morning (yesterday was so much better - clear blue skies and sunshine but hubby had to work so I was with the children). As it is my first outing for 2 months I just do my favourite short route, about 10 miles. It does start off with a long hill, but although I'm not especially fit I do have reasonably strong leg muscles (I used to row competitvely and have always cycled on and off) which certainly helps and I manage slowly up the hill without needing to stop for a photo break (or breath!)
The brow of the hill. Orange beech leaves still line the road.
Looking over the fields at the top.
Approaching the crossroads beside the big stone (seen on the left).
Bike shot in front of the big stone.
Wild geese fly overhead.
A lost wheel trim prominently displayed.
Some hardy cows still out and about.
A lovely little knowe of winter trees (shame about the telegraph wire)
More tree knowes and sillouhettes.
Bike shot against one of the two red gates.
Gate post close up.
Spotty tree trunk and post.
A splash of colour - blue twine has been use for some rudimentary fence mending.
A beatifully grained telegraph pole.
The road ahead, I'm only a couple of miles from home by this point and it's pretty much all downhill from here, just need to watch out for the pot holes! It's been quite a cold outing, my toes are numb - too many photo stops! I'm keen to get back home to the warmth and also (while hubby is out with the children at Grandad's) to have a go at this...
...the result of another late night crochet session. I think it's going OK so far, just concerned about it fitting once it's done.