Three rides

15°C deep blue, light ÑW

I rode Paddy Wagon and Racelite (2 bikes) with MapMyRide+! Distance: 83.08km, time: 03:28:04, pace: 2:30min/km, speed: 23.96km/h.

And then I rode this bike for a few hours. I don’t recall riding two different bikes in the same day before. How interesting, the comparison I mean. The Racelite was the easiest, fast, smooth and comfortable. Perhaps it’s time to fit tne summer wheels to the fixed bike.

Recently, I have worried about loss of stamina on longer rides, but on the Racelite, I could have kept going. Today was a perfecr late-spring day.

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First bike commute in 9 months.

8°C, sunny and fresh. Dry.

I rode jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 28.25km, time: 01:15:27, pace: 2:40min/km, speed: 22.47km/h.

That hill is hard in every way. It didnt even pay back on the return home; rain began, traffic built up and potholes are scattered eveywhere. At the earliestmopportunity, I swung off the main road, even at the risk of greater milage. I got home hungry.

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DofE 2.0 North Downs

24°C, cloudless and still

I led DofE Bronze with MapMyRide+! Distance: 18.27km, time: 08:35:00, pace: 28:11min/km, speed: 2.13km/h.

Each day started cold, Saturday was +4.5°C and Sunday morning colder. Here, the sun happens to shine down the inside of my tent, usefully. Later, we all became hotter as the sun climbed higher in thd cloudless blue.

This little scatty object is usually overlooked. There was a spider out on the limb, right, but when she saw me, she scurried into the nest.

The expedition: The North Downs are interesting; like the White Peak, there are dry valleys and dew ponds. Most of the wild plants we saw were the same too. There were, however, some magnificent Red Kites. They’re surprisingly large with long vee shaped tails, perhaps inspiration for Star Trek spaceships. I was impressed.

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The flotsam was useful to prop the bike up while I photograph it. Later, I returned to collect the net for the art room.

I don’t quite know what it’s for yet. Maybe a driftwood still life.

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Up and Down the seawall.

12°C, white cloud with brisk SW breeze. Dry.

I rode The Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 17.94km, time: 01:15:37, pace: 4:13min/km, speed: 14.24km/h.

I ventured out onto the mudflats to investigate some jetsam.

This is an excellent route to take for a short outing with a workout on the machines combined, minimum total 8 miles, just right for a warmup.

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Onto the front.

I rode Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 51.89km, time: 02:17:34, pace: 2:39min/km, speed: 22.63km/h.

A shorter ride today, but went on the machines on the front. I could easily use these every day.

Also, i quite fancy the idea of using Couch to 5K. In case you dont don’t know, its a running gps teacker. I have no proplem with stamina, but it would be great to build up core.

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Early misty ride

6°C, sunny still and misty start.

I rode Paddy Wagon with MapMyRide+! Distance: 73.79km, time: 03:11:29, pace: 2:36min/km, speed: 23.12km/h.

And it was gorgeous; rolling mist especially over each stream and drainage ditch. As for wildlife; a buzzard, remarkable because there are so few here; two avocets; some oyster catchers and lapwings. Oh, and a very fast hare, all seen while riding.

I’m, still finding this hard, a winter of neglect is to blame. I can’t say for certain whether i have reached the 1,000 mile mark yet. To this end, i used the weignts machines on southport front.

Anyway, a grand day out and home by 10.00 am.

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9°C rain all day until evening.

Decorating: finished stripping the wallpaper in the master bedroom. The aim is to get the walls perfect so wallpapering is a doddle. The plaster round the new electrics needs a skim then I’m ready to start pasting up.

The first layer is off in the small bedroom revealing this 50’s style paper beneath. Before I paper over the good walls, I’m tempted to draw something onto the plaster in pencil. Somebody will find the drawings in a decade or two. Watch this space.

Here the sun sets on a satisfying day.

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Two rides today.

9C, Brisk W wind but dry and white cloud.

I rode Racelite with MapMyRide+! Distance: 29.02km, time: 01:14:59, pace: 2:35min/km, speed: 23.22km/h.

This crumbling restaurant has been abandoned for over 10 years. In it’s hay-day I can only imagine how kitsch it was. Some places deserve to fall down. I may revisit in the spirit of Urbex/HDR photographers. There is some scaffolding which suggests it may get some regeneration in the next year or so.

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Princethorpe Bronze Practice.

19C, Sunny, clear and still.

What a thoroughly well organised school Princethorpe is. They started this bronze practice from the school site and took rural routes to a campsite 10km away.

My group were enthusiastic and lively. Though likable, that led them to make some glaring navigation errors early on. I confess, I let them. It was obvious early on that they’d have the stamina to return and correct their mistakes which is what they actually did.

I probably would have made the same mistake at the age of 14. They followed a group in front who happened to be girls.

Their stamina, or lack of started to show after about 8km but the others urged them on regardless. Little time was wasted on rests. We did take time out searching for water which was eventually delivered by their own teachers..

This is my favourite part of DofE, navigation training. Near the finish, they were about to make another (small) error but I said “you’re making a mistake but I’m not going to tell you what it is“.

Notes for next time: my luggage scale is faulty; take a spare water bottle; wear thinner socks in hot weather.

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