Thursday, 18 April 2019

Banstead to Peaslake , and back




Today, we cycled in the beautiful Surrey Hills, which is just on our doorstep. We went past Epsom Downs , past Leith Hill near Dorking, and finally arrived at our destination in Peaslake. I enjoyed hot chocolate and a pastie at the Village Store (which is Mecca for cyclists according to Tom). The warm weather reminded us of what the conditions will be like in France - hot! So after refreshments we headed home. The bluebells covering the ground near Leigh,  completed the spring scenery! Glad to be home after 50 miles and almost 6 hours of cycling!

Saturday, 30 March 2019

At last a pub...


We went to Faygate today to visit the 'Frog and Nightgown'. I don't think I can feel my legs anymore! Almost 6 hours pedalling into the Surrey Hills and back. I must have worked hard because this hot chocolate had marshmallows and cream! (Still haven't lost any weight!)

Distance covered: 53 miles
Duration: About a lifetime...

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Deux pour Paris




The challenge is on as we have decided to cycle to Paris! 220 miles of pain and suffering lies ahead...... Love you Mum! 😐

Aeroplanes and hot chocolate!


Here's a picture of me throttling a young child at Redhill Aerodrome. (He deserved it for making more noise than those aeroplanes.)

A large hot chocolate was my reward for today's cycling but it has made me realise why cyclists never lose any weight.

Distance covered: 30 miles
Duration: 3 hours

Saturday, 2 March 2019

The iconic Boxhill Climb

Wandered into dangerous territory today - Boxhill, the home of the wretched lycra-clad Saturday cyclists who always try to overtake you while you're trying to switch lanes. They might smile and wave at you but don't be fooled by appearances. They're tricky creatures who glide past you when you least expect it...

Distance covered: 30 miles
Duration: 3 hours

Saturday, 22 December 2018

The source of the Nile!

Following the muddy, slippery, slimy Wandle Trail from Beddington Park to Wandsworth. I have been reassured that this is the source of the Nile by a Scout leader so it must be true. (Always trust Scout leaders!)

Distance covered: 20 miles
Duration: 4 hours

Saturday, 17 November 2018

The ups of Epsom Downs


Over an hour of cycling to the Epsom Downs Racecourse! But where are all the horses??? We saw one blind person riding a SeeAbility (www.seeability.org) tandem bike. I've always wanted to try one of them.

Distance covered: 16.6 miles
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Bike mechanics

Any good cyclist must be able to fix a puncture. A cyclist learning how to fix a puncture is like a baby taking its first steps. It is a milestone, a turning point, the day you can truly call yourself a cyclist. Today was that day for me. And to this day, it is the best ride I've been on.

I didn't have to do any cycling!!! 😀