Sunday, 15 April 2012


Its been a busy few weeks.  I was in Paris Sunday/Monday of Easter week, then got a bit of riding in Easter weekend, but really did very little as we were both knackered.  This week again has been mixed but finally I’ve finally got some decent miles in.  Thursday night Jayne was bowling so I did a little extra loop out to the pub. 

Yesterday we headed out on the tandem to Cafe de Lune.  This is the first leg of the ride out to the ferry for the Isle of Man at Heysham.  We wanted to time ourselves as the ferry times have changed.  Karl and Alison met us there and we rode back together.  It was very hard work, there is a cold northerly wind blowing and little to shelter you out on the marshes.  Here’s our elevation stats for a 42 mile ride we did 700+ feet of climbing.

Cafe de Lune

Today Karl, Alison and I drove out to Abbeystead to do a loop through Caton, Wray, Slaidburn and the Trough.  Slight difference to yesterday, BikeHike was predicting 4500ft of climbing in 42 miles.  It wasn’t wrong, it was a very hard day.  I am completely knackered.  My speed up Boundary Hill dropped to 2mph.  It was a glorious day though.  The weather started sunny but with the cold northerly wind blowing it was bitter over the hills.   The weather turned over the Tatham Fells and we rode through some hail and it looked threatening all the way through Slaidburn and on to the Trough.  It held though and we rode back into Abbeystead in the sunshine, cold, tired and hungry.  Karl’s Garmin said 4610ft of climbing!

Tatham Fells

150 miles for this week, getting better.



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