02 April 2011

home2holiday ride

it was the kind of ride that makes me feel like anything's possible. i've ridden further and i've certainly spent longer in the saddle but there was something special about yesterday. like most good journeys it started as the sun was rising and finished well into the dark. i spent the day in my head, legs spinning without a thought. there was some weather but it didn't stop the wheels turning. i just enjoyed the simplicity of pedaling. pedaling far enough to see the landscape change. the roads getting quieter and the hills growing bigger. for that day it was total freedom. it was a glimpse of what's possible....

chesterfield, derbyshire - bampton, cumbria
135miles,9937ft, just over 13hrs, 2 punctures
wet and windy, with the occasional lucky tailwind

10 comments:

simondbarnes said...

Wow, long ride!

ultra collie said...

fantastic kate..while in bampton what out for the poacher and go round asking folk 'are you the farmer?'. oh and of course there's the obligatory penrith tea rooms one must go and liven up!

Julbags said...

Nice one Kate!

trio said...

Sounds fantastic....I'm a little jealous I haven't had an adventure like that for ages!

sbrt said...

Well done Kate.

I find it hard enough driving to the Lakes.

Adam said...

Do you live in Chesterfield now? I know nothing!

jumbly said...

Hoorah for tailwinds!

Groover said...

And here I am, fretting over a Gran Fondo... :-) Wow, I'm suitably impressed, Kate!

swiss said...

nice. and those little things at the back dountless made it easier on your knees. blowing a gale here the last couple of days so nobike for me : (

kate said...

simon- long and lovely :)

uc- haha, i've been demanding some booze since i arrived ;)

julbags- cheers!

trio- i know, feeling quite lucky at the moment.

sbrt- haha, to be honset cycling is much more fun!

adman- slowly edging north!

jumbly- yeh, it certainly good have been a lot harder.

groover- cheers buddy...have you sent off that entry form yet?

swiss- ssshhh, my mtb be will hear! and you're right, i have no knee pain but that is purely a coincidence ;) hope the wind relents soon for you.