Thursday 27th July 2011

We were not altogether sure that we were going to get out on our bikes today as we working up the West Coast of Scotland. Its a 2 hour trip each way. Only 85 miles but much is on single track road with passing places. It took us longer to get back as we got stuck behind a grockle who couldn’t seem to drive above 35 miles an hour and we didn’t have a hope of overtaking. Not with a trailer. The queue behind us, behind that couple in their Skoda was mega. It went back for miles.

We came home via Dingwall as Lidl are having an offer on with cycling stuff. We have new cycling shorts, so we have 2 pairs each now. We got new cycling waterproof jackets. They are not fantastic but for £12.99 each, what can you expect. They are rain-proof, apparently. We shall see on Sunday, as rain is forecast.

After a 12 hour working (and travelling) day, we got our shorts on and our trainers and headed for the shed and the bikes. I for one was not relishing going out. Kenn was a bit more enthusiastic, but not much. The first 150 yards was rough, I am sure that Lidl shorts are not as padded as our new ones we got yesterday, but it could just be that our sit-bones are feeling the exercise. By the time we hit the village we were flying along (relatively speaking on bikes that weigh 39lbs). We had decided to cross the river and come back on ourselves so we could see the castle and grounds from the other side of the river. We are lucky enough to live in the grounds of the castle and its rather lovely. We generally turn at a particular large house on the narrow single track road there, today as we were feeling rather good, we went a bit past and turned at the 3 mile mark. Ooooh, we got that one wrong as the 3 mile mark was at the bottom of a hill. We stopped for a minute and drank some water before heading back up the hill. It was not as hard work as it was on Sunday, getting up the hill, and we peddled along back home. I got up the final 1/2 mile hill home without too much trouble and left Kenn behind. I waited for him at the entrance to our drive before gently cruising down the hill to the bike shed.

All in all, a great ride.

We have done the maths and reckon that we can afford road bikes, with carbon forks on the first Saturday in September, earlier if Kenn goes for the Specialized trisport that one of our customers has. If he will sell for the price we have in mind. About £300 – £350. I think that my customer is thinking more like £800 though. We have taken advice on what to offer for a 09 model and £330 seems to be the average suggested price to offer from those in the know.

We might even go out again tomorrow at this rate.


Goal:                1000.
Miles today:   6.04
Miles to date: 26.63
Miles to go:    973.37
Max speed:    27.4 mph
Ave speed:      10.7 mph
Feelings:        We felt great


About RosieRosie

RosieRosie is a woman of a 'certain age' - whatever the hell that is supposed to mean, known. I feel about 26. I have no idea what I look like as some older woman keeps getting in the way when I look in the mirror. Separated from husband but dating a nice chap at the moment. I have a proper wanderlust and have finally moved - using the housing exchange system from - where I started in Inverness, down to Cornwall and back up to the Flatlands and Big Sky Country. It's taken since September 2011, when I left Inverness until May 2017 to get to somewhere that I really like. That's not too shoddy with a swap here and a swap there, saving up again for each move. Not ruling out going home to Norfolk if necessary. Time will tell. For now my mates are just a 90 minute or so, drive down the road. I love my bikes, I love my dog and I love guitars. They all keep my busy.
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2 Responses to Thursday 27th July 2011

  1. Brian MacDonald says:

    Following your journey with some interest guys – BMac here from Sighthounds for Life forum. Really enjoying reading your entertaining blogs.
    Keep going now – only 973.37 odd mile to go.
    BTW Kenn, my wife (who’s 46!) celebrated her 30th anniversary of her kidney transplant this May. She as fit as a fiddle and hasnt looked back.
    Raffie the athlete? What was your sport? – and dont say athletics!!
    Good luck.

    • 2nkenn says:

      Hi Brian
      Raffie used to run marathons in around 3:20 and a few seconds and also competed in Triathlons. She shot for her university archery squad and also competed on horses very sucessfully. She evented and also competed in “ride & tie” competitions. When I met her she was a size 10 – 12, had a washboard stomach and people used to stare as she jogged by.
      I have had “Jeffrey” the kidney since January 8th 2008 and he has settled in well. He’s given us a couple of scares but was sorted out and beaten into submission with steroids and was then back on the straight and narrow. Raffie calls the transpant “upgrades”.

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