Inspired by the heroic efforts of the riders in the “Tour de France” I thought It would be good to go out on the bike again. The weather forecast said it would be cooler and slightly cloudy today (78 deg F – 26 deg C ) What I hadn’t reckoned with was the two visits to my garden during the night by foxes, the cat door went both times so I got up to check my cats were OK, they were. This left me a bit sleepy this morning but determined to get out on the bike as it was the 13th of June when I last took to the saddle.
The countryside was really dry and a golden yellow colour, there were birds of prey gliding high up on the thermal currents. It reminded me of California.
Kings Norton Church
King Norton is a lovely little village and a good place to take a rest.
Chestnut Tree by the Church
Last time I went out I managed 8.8 miles (14 Km) thought I would go a bit further this time and cycled on to the village of Gaulby. While taking a photo of Gaulby church two lovely horses came up to the fence for a bit of fuss. The round trip was 15 miles (24 km) and according to the cycle app an altitude gain of just over a 550 feet (167 m) and best of all the burning off of nearly 900 calories. These images were taken on my phone but I also took a film camera with me and hope to develop the film in the next couple of days.
Needed a haircut, a birthday card for my cousin and a 5 litre bottle of demineralised water, in that order. I hadn’t taken a camera with me just the phone, 5 litres of water can start to feel a bit heavy after the 2 mile walk back to home. On the return journey and making loud sloshing sounds from the water in my rucksack I noticed this late 60’s Sunbeam parked on a side street.
It brought back happy memories from 1969 of a friend of mine who had a Gold left hand drive Sunbeam, sadly he’s no longer around, but we had some great times with that car.
Fleur looking pretty sitting on the table on my place mat !
Got a call from a buddy of mine on Sunday asking if I would like to go out on the bike (Triumph Bonneville) on bank holiday Monday (yesterday), yes please I said, where shall we go, how about visiting our buddy who has recently moved out to Stamford, Lincolnshire. I dug out my crash helmet and old motorbike jacket, the crash helmet was good but the jacket was a tight fit, it must have shrunk !!!!!!! so I had to wear my windproof cycling jacket, it only has one pocket so was restricted to carrying my mobile and some cash. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been on the back of a bike and I was a bit nervous, but it was OK, my friend is a very experienced rider. The weather was great, and we had a good time. Stamford is a lovely town with some exceptional architecture.
Albert Bridge (1881)
The Pub & All Saints Brewery
Browne’s Hospital (Built In 1475)
I still don’t feel that comfortable using my phone camera, but it was better than nothing.
I was just trying on my new pair of walking to town boots and happened to look at the box, and guess who was in there making herself comfortable ?
Well it’s a lot cooler today than on my Tuesday trip to the city, and it’s raining, (April showers) so took the bus. Needed to stock up with human and cat food to see us through the weekend. I’m out with the guys on Friday for a beer & curry night !!!!!!
Oh My Buns
Taken with my phone from the top deck of the bus.