Ride on the beach.

9°C, brisk W but dry at least.
Rode The Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 43.42km, time: 02:35:16, pace: 3:35min/km, speed: 16.78km/h.


The beach at Formby shelves off at a very shallow angle to the west. It’s firm in parts and very soft in others. A few times I ground to a stop and at other times I struggled with the ripples. These were quite firm but steered the bike along the dominant line of the ripples. I found myself riding in arcs.​

This screen shot of Google Maps shows the track crossing blue sea. I hate to disappoint you, but the blue edge marks the average tide line. In other words, I didn’t really ride in the sea. Sorry.

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Rode 66

11°C, still and dry. Some mud to watch for.
I rode the Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 66.00km, time: 02:41:29, pace: 2:27min/km, speed: 24.52km/h.


That was a happy ride: comfortable and reasonably quick.

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Gated Road

I rode Arrow with MapMyRide+! Distance: 44.66km, time: 02:04:16, pace: 2:47min/km, speed: 21.56km/h.


Grabbed a ride before the cold front brings heavy rain.
As I said on Sunday, the bottom bracket creaks on this bike. On Sunday’s side, the creak became quiet by the end. Today, it was barely audible. It has settled down leaving a smooth running bike.

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Creaking Arrow.

9°C, sunny with a light NW breeze.

I rode Arrow with MapMyRide+! Distance: 93.52km, time: 04:09:46, pace: 2:40min/km, speed: 22.47km/h.


This one felt hard. Perhaps the last couple of slack weeks have hit back. Also, heading home meant going West which  means harsh sun in my eyes and a headwind. Too often, I needed to shield my eyes so I could see the road. A parked car could be hidden in that blaze of light.
That bottom bracket creaked enough to be an embarrassment, I avoided riding along with others for that reason. As the day wore on however, the noise abated. I don’t know why it did that.

More of the day casts long shadows in this season. To look away from the dazzling sun is to see vivid colours and sharp contrasts. I expect I’ll be craving that quality in a few month’s time. The photo above looks like mild HDR but it isn’t I did adjust for Curves and crop but that’s all. The sky really was a deep colour.

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Steady Sunday run.

Rode Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 63.72km, time: 02:40:31, pace: 2:31min/km, speed: 23.82km/h.


Today, a steadier pace over the afternoon outing. However, the sun blazed and the wind light.

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A damp patch.

Warm, 18°C, windy with a few showers.
In one corner of my living room is a damp patch in the wallpaper. Coincidentally, it’s above a ventilation vent. It’s the vent that housed a wasps’ nest last year, if you remember. There is am easy way to investigate, take the vent out and have a look.
The result, one surprise and one confirmed suspicion. First, the surprise- I have cavity wall insulation. Having lived here for 20 years, I should have known.​
I scraped out some mortar and pieces of brick. They must have been the means that carried water involved wall inner layer. The mortar was quite damp to the touch. Guilty as charged. As you can see in the photo, there is a stubborn piece that is tightly wedged in. It has refused to budge today, but I’ll have another go tomorrow.

…but is it enough?

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Night rider.

16C, grey and damp.

I rode Arrow with MapMyRide+! Distance: 49.82km, time: 02:10:09, pace: 2:37min/km, speed: 22.97km/h.


First night ride of the autumn. I went out on the Arrow which ran smoothly. However, the bottom-bracket creaks very loudly. I struggled to fix that last year and it has become worse in storage over the summer.

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Out, but not enough.

12°C, Brian’s gale, sunny

I rode Mustang with MapMyRide+! Distance: 26.93km, time: 01:28:01, pace: 3:16min/km, speed: 18.36km/h.​


Quick canal route to clear the figity feeling and fizzy legs. My weekly milage is significantly lower currently compared to normal October weeks. It’s time to start night rides.

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Orange sun.

15°C, milky orange sun.

Is this you Ophelia
? I can see a warm milky and oddly orange sun at 11am. Most odd.

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Fifty miles flat.

I rode Kona Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 79.90km, time: 03:13:53, pace: 2:26min/km, speed: 24.73km/h.


It’s getting easier! This is how life used to be before full time teaching. Now I’m middle-aged and feeling a little youthful. All because of rest time.

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