My daughter and I had our Sunday outing again today, starting half an hour later than usual having waited to see what the weather would do. It was a case of light winds, heavy grey clouds, and small patches of blue sky sometimes delivering brilliant sunshine. We decided to take a chance. Wrong again. Those blue patches were too small. We got wet. Twice.
It is one thing to press on for 7-8 minutes through light drizzle and dry out again over the next couple of miles. The second time was something else – batting into a strong headwind, and a cold one at that, with blinding rain throughout our last four miles.
Even so we covered 10 miles, at our usual pace of 11-12 mph on the flat and 7-8mph up hills, stopping three times for a short rest and a drink and averaging 10mph. It’s not spectacular but it is enjoyable and we are both becoming fitter and (a little bit) leaner already.
There were a lot of other cyclists going the opposite way on our route today. They seemed to be mainly family groups and they may have been on some sort of cancer research charity run – at least some of them had “got the t-shirt”.
I have been out on shorter rides several times since buying the bike six weeks ago and have had no problems at all with other traffic. Admittedly I have avoided the busiest times. However a pattern is emerging concerning the overtaking behaviour of motorists. The overwhelming majority of drivers have been most considerate, giving me plenty of room when overtaking me, even holding back first, in the narrower roads, while waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. However, a few drivers have held steady to their original course, when there was ample room to move over, and have passed that bit too close for comfort. Every time this happened the driver was young, male, and driving a small saloon.