Man oh man! What a bank holiday weekend.
I’ve crammed a lot in and my little legs are sore this morning. But that’s good.
Lets start off with:
My regular riding partner (Jordan) was still in Center Parcs so I decided, because I had a few hours to kill, I’d go a bit further than usual. Out of my depth to a place I didn’t know.
I followed the Trans Pennine Trail but in a direction opposite to my usual one.
I did a bit of exploring and came to a beautiful spot that a picnic would fit in nicely.
Stopping for a quick bite and a slurp
Deep enough for a paddle
I must remember where this is for a picnic
After stopping for a quick drink, a few snaps, half a flapjack and to clean the mud off (note: The bike I was using has V-brakes and perhaps about 3/4mm of travel on my forks..) I ventured back out exploring.
The sun was just poking out for the first time this year and before I knew it I was in an area I pass on the way to work. A beautiful little pond and park with a council building at the top (it’s hard to see in the distance but it’s there)
The sun reluctantly came out
I did a loop of the pond and continued on ‘a’ trail (there was two to choose from and I didn’t know which one lead where)
After a long, long climb (you know the kind, those you can see approaching that go along forever and the top takes ages to reach) I had a rest for more drink and the other half of my flapjack. Because I didn’t know where the trail led, I turned back on myself and came back where I’d come from.
Just before I got home Jordan called me saying he was home and wanted to know if I was ‘coming out to play.’ I agreed to a short ride with more technical skills. I’m glad I did! It was so much fun because my confidence keeps rising.
After the last climb
Happy to be back on the trails
There were more trees that had been felled. To clear for the summer or illegal logging is anyones guess.
More trees in the way
Making the most of the day
The overall ride: ~ 37km
Something a bit different today, me and Jordan went to Doncaster Races (The Lincoln -Rescheduled). It all was going well after the first two races.. and then we lost quite a bit of money. We just got carried away.
We also went on a hike after in the local nature reserve.
Being on my feet all day combined with Fridays ride really took it out of me.
A great change of pace
A family friend asked if I wanted to go on a ride with him. He had a skiing accident which badly injured his Achilles, so he’s been biking for a bit of rehabilitation. He was a keen cyclist before but went with a group rather than alone.
We basically did the same route as I did Friday, but instead of turning back on myself we carried on for an extended run. My gps on my phone lost signal but it was likely over 40+km maybe 45+km.
Didnt get any pictures because we just powered on.
The sun was out all ride and it felt great!
So there’s my weekend.
I’m now lying on the sofa resting.
Going to my girlfriends house to watch the football (family get-together) and eat and drink. A great way to finish a bank holiday!