Well, we followed the plan, a little later than we meant to as we didn’t get out of the house until half past 11 due to walking the dogs late. The first 100 yards was sore as our backsides adjusted to the saddle again. I am assured that this eases with time. I don’t remember my bum aching when I used to ride a bike as a teenager, or in my 20’s or 30’s. Maybe bum-ache is something you just forget, like the pain of childbirth, I am reliably informed that the pain of childbirth is instantly forgotton upon presentation of a baby. Not something I am likely to experience first hand though.
Once we had 2 miles under our belts, or our Lidl Cycling pants actually (they are really good and I might pop back and see if they still have any) we were feeling pretty good, although a little daunted that we still had 5 miles to go to Cannich paper shop. Having cycled this road back from Cannich once (months ago, a one off) and remembering that it was all uphill all the way home, we were suprised how uphill the road to Cannich was. We must have been so tired last time that it all seemed like up to us. Anyway, we ploughed on and, just when we thought that Cannich must have been stolen in the night, we rounded the corner to the traffic lights on the bridge. Thank heavens for that. My bum was starting to protest at all the exercise, but I don’t like my bum much so I largely ignored the protestations. We cycled faster to the paper shop and leaned our bikes on the wall when we got there. We also discovered that the extra 5 miles we were about to do earlier, turned out to be 6. Its 8 miles from ours to Cannich and not 7 as we have been led to believe.
Naughtily, we didn’t bother locking as there were far nicer bikes there, unlocked, so figured ours were pretty safe. Having bought the papers and returned to our bikes – unstolen, we waded through all the other bikes that had appeared as if by magic, and retrieved ours. Papers in Kenn’s rucksack, we headed to the cafe’ for a nice coffee and read of the Sunday Press. Again dumping our bikes at the side wall of the cafe, we reckoned that nobody would bother with them due to the hire fleet of rather nice Specialized Mountian Bikes there, all shiny and way nicer than ours. Look at the link to see, they looked a lot like the one in the pic.
A lovely half an hour or so followed, with us flumped in comfy chairs and reading the paper with a lovely hot black coffee which tastes a whole lot better than some cafe muck we have had on our travels. We even managed to have a chat with the nice man who owns the hire bikes. We asked if, at the end of the season, he sells the bikes on. He says that he is not selling this seasons bikes on but he has a few left from last season, and what sort of thing were we looking for. We said that we are saving for Giant Defy 3s but want something for winter. We are in no hurry and just thought we would ask the question. He said that he might well have a couple of ex hire bikes, lighter and much better than ours, available but needs a couple of weeks to sort something. Fine by us, we are not in the area for another 2 weeks anyway. We are most chuffed that we might have winter bikes and won’t have to return to riding our Apollo bikes when the weather turns. When we looked at the Halfords site, these bikes are no longer made. Not flippin’ suprised either.
The trip home was great, I think. Its not uphill all the way home, its acually more downhill that the ride to Cannich, I am sure of it. I stopped a couple of times to wait for Kenn, who was not quite as fast as me up some of the inclines. I am no fitter than he is but believe that muscle memory is a wonderful thing. When we got home, we noticed that we were less than 400 yards off a full 17 miles so we cycled around the outside of the quadrangle that the farm buildings and cottages form. We arrived at the bikeshed on exactly 17 miles and were seriously pleased with ourselves. Even the warm-down walk with the dogs was achieved with a spring in our step. Dogs not so chuffed as they wanted to sniff the sheep and cow poo, not walk. Well tough!
Tomorrow, we are planning a short cycle, maybe 2 or 3 miles, just to turn our wheels. Both of us feel that we could go and do that now, we won’t though. 17 miles is enough for one day, for now.
Miles today: 17.00
Miles to date: 46.65
Miles to go: 953.35
Max speed: 22.4 mph
Ave speed: 11.7 mph
Feelings: We felt great!