First week back to works after being off for a month. It was catch up time so head down. The weather had picked up and we have had our summer now in County Durham. Thursday nearly hit 30 degrees and Friday was a lovely day. Don't worry its back to normal today with a strong wind, 10 degrees and rain. I have been working 2-3 hours everyday when getting back in from work on the house etc. Thursday I managed a good hot hike for over two hours. Friday me and Angus went back to Pulman Skoda to pick up his car after being in for a month to carryout warranty work, yes you read that right a month! Totally hopeless just does even describe the after sales up there.
Yesterday me, Jane & Arran had a look through to Bishop in the van to get a food shop in at Morrison's, fill up with derv, look around the Food Festival and get some shopping in from the high street. It was a lovely morning and had our normal breakfast special from Fithties tea room. We also had a look up to House of Smudge a local artist called John from Spenny. We have two of his prints now, the greetings cards are excellent value for money and Jane also bought a mug. We have also ordered a rather special ltd edt canvas as well, more on that in hopefully about a months time.
As for today well the forecast was sunny for a couple of hours and then cloud until 1pm with rain. Angus joined in on the Cube E Bike and I was on the Mason which is also electric, Di2 lol. Its been the first time in nearly a month since I have ridden a normal bike and god my legs felt it riding into a strong headwind for 15 miles up to Consett. It started off at 16 degrees and by the time we got back it was just over 10 degrees and lashing rain. We did an out and back loop to Hownsgill viaduct mainly along the old railway lines. The trails have dried up lovely or should I say they were lovey and dry. First ride in many months without ankle deep mud and massive puddles. It was hard work keeping up with Angus in places on the way up but he could not keep up with me on the way back down as we had a massive tailwind and I was free wheeling. The E bike cuts out around 15.5mph so you just have to nurse it along. The lines were busy with horse riders, loads of other cyclists, dog walkers and runners. Below are a few pics from the ride and hopefully more soon -
|Still managed to find mud but no winter boots today|
|Yes that's the sun|
|No café stop at Hownsgill, Angus wanted to plod on|
|Lanchester and I was cold coming back down, time for the arm warmers and I had three layers on the top half.|
|My head down feeling the burn on a click|
|Rain drops on the bike|
|Dashing for home and it was horizontal rain|