I had an absolutely brilliant day today. Sun was shining for a change when I woke up, so I thought I would try for a longer ride than I have done so far since starting to build up my cycling strength.
One of my Sisters lives 4.6 miles away from me so I popped Bayley in his basket and off we set.
Normally for the first 2 miles along that route one has to cycle on a busy main road with traffic constantly whizzing past. I was absolutely thrilled to see that since my riding that stretch, 2 years ago, the local council had turned the whole 2 miles along one side of the road into a 2 way cycling and shared pedestrian pathway.
I couldn't believe it. What an absolute joy to be able to ride safely off of the road.
At the end of the cycle route, heading out, one then joins an over head pedestrian walkway that allows pedestrians and walking cyclists to cross a very busy, fast road.
Once over that bridge it's plain sailing for another mile or so along a beautiful country lane.
From there one joins a larger quiet B road which passes through farms on each side, until I finally arrive at the village my Sister lives in.
I spent several pleasant hours with my Sister and Nephew.
The journey back really shattered me though. Virtually the whole of the route homeward was on an upward slope. Other cyclists would probably not have even noticed it was a slope, but me, being out of cycling condition and fitness, it felt like I was climbing a mountain, lol, and it also put 10 minutes longer onto the journey home as apposed to the outward journey.
But the main thing is, that I had a fantastic day and have come home feeling happy and invigorated.