Normal service was resumed today when I took the bike out for the first time in over a month. I have done very little of anything since mid-September thanks to a rather persistent cold and complications but they are all history now.
Today was brilliant. It was sunny and calm and very mild, indeed almost chilly at first as I set off on a trial ride to discover how unfit I had become. The chosen route was such that I could shorten it at several places without covering the same ground twice and in fact I did so today so that my total distance was around 5-6 miles. Unfortunately the section of the route that I cut out included the long level part which also provides the nicest scenery. However, it also leads to the longest hill that I have tackled so far since I started cycling again back in May and it was soon apparent that I was not ready for that one today. I even took a rest on a shorter hill that I would normally complete in one go but was pleased with today’s achievement just the same.
Traffic was light, even on the supposedly busiest road on my route (shown in the picture) but I have the luxury of being able to choose both the route and the time of day. Early afternoon seems to be the best time for cycling and perhaps it is because it is such a relaxed time of day that drivers are so very considerate. Then, just as I was within a couple of hundred yards of home our two local Police officers appeared on their bicycles, pedalling hard up a steep hill (as I went the opposite way) but both of them still able to smile and shout a greeting and wave to me. It’s great being a cyclist isn’t it!