Today we had a bit of a change. Kenn has fixed our BSO mountain bike jobbies, and we took them off to our friend Mark’s house. From Mark’s we cycled the 1.9 miles into the City center and locked up at the bike park.
Oh boy, was that hard work. Those BSOs weigh double the weight of our road bikes. Kenn’s bike pulls horribly to the left the whole time and it resists any attempt to make it ride straight. My bike is simply heavy. My bike has had a new back tyre, Kenn’s has had two new innertubes and this was their first trip out for months.
We cycled from Mark’s house, down the road a bit and then down the path to Sloughbottom Park. Along the cycle paths to where it joins the Marriott’s Way and along there to the big Barn Lane roundabout. From there we took the usual route to the bike park but we were able to cycle, the wrong way, up Duke Street as there is now a lovely cycle path up there, which is just great.
On the way home, it was close to a reverse of the trip there. We cycled all the way down Duke Street, picking up the cycle path at the bottom, all the way to the roundabout crossing. This crossing was super busy today. There were 2 Swedish tourists on their heavily loaded touring bikes, 1 older chap on his old BSO and yet another man on a nice hybrid. As we crossed the first part, it all went without incident. The second part was more of an adventure as the older bloke decided that being on the left of the pack was not the place to be so he just veered to the right and then pedalled off down the road on that side of the dual carriageway, causing carnage to the pack. The Swedish lady got pushed, by blokey, into the pedestrian crossing pole. Swedish Man swerved and stopped dead as he couldn’t make the turn on the path. I nearly hit him as the brakes on that BSO of mine are not so good. Kenn had to stop on the crossing itself as did the other chap on the hybrid. We got sorted and moving in seconds but that is a busy crossing and the cars coming off the roundabout there, take no prisoners as they come along. The light for them was yellow and they wanted to make headway and the fact that there were people still on the crossing seemed to matter not a bit, for the drivers. No change there then.
Once rolling again, we cycled down the Marriott’s Way, across Sloughbottom Park and to Mark’s house. Interestingly, its 2 miles exactly back to his, so a little further.
We huffed and puffed a bit on our BSOs, as they were so heavy, but it was nice to be back on our bikes. I am going to encourage Kenn to keep at it as he doesn’t seem to want to get back into the swing of things, cycle wise, again. The rubbish weather is not helping though.
We have decided to give the Norwich 50 cycle ride, a miss this time, as its less than a fortnight and we are very obviously not fit enough to do it, even in 8 hours, without knackering ourselves. Having said that, if we get a few good bike rides in, we might give it a look if they take late entries and we feel fit enough. Unlikely though.
Hopefully a ride tomorrow, on our proper bikes though 🙂
Miles today: 3.9
Ave Speed : 8.7 mph
Top Speed : 17.9
Miles towards our target: 229.36