Cycling somewhere with a destination...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 10 May 2010.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    ...is so much more satisfying than just going round in a circle! On the rare occasions I've used the bike to reach somewhere I've enjoyed the ride and the arrival much more. This includes doing a really long ride then getting a lift home by car or train.

    Yesterday we recced a flat family ride along the seafront from ghastly Blackpool to Fleetwood, about 8 miles. (It was COLD!) You can then cross the river Wyre on a foot ferry and carry on along pleasant coastal defence tracks and paths right up to Glasson Dock and on via an old railway track into Lancaster and beyond. You can do it in the direction that suits the wind and there are several places to stop for tea. I'm planning to do it this summer with my cycling pal and our wives and kids; somehow we've got to work out how we can make it a one way trip and come home in two cars. That's the hard bit. Will probably involve us two drivers peeling off after the ferry and racing back to Blackpool to pick up the cars then driving to the finish.
     
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Very true, but I prefer to take the train for the outward portion of the trip making the cycling home more relaxed as there are no time pressures.
     
  3. BigSteev

    BigSteev Senior Member

    You could pop in and say hello to my mum after you've got off the ferry! :evil:

    If you have access to 3 cars, you could drive up before hand and leave 2 at your finish point.
     
  4. It's called touring. TOUR-ING. :evil:
     
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    oSLo
    To a ring! :smile:

    Kerry, perchance? :biggrin:
     
  6. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    Yeah - I like to feel I'm going somewhere when I ride. I have a friend who seems happy to pedal round in circles until it's time to peel off to the cafe. Does my head in - I haven't been anywhere. My cafe stops ARE the destinations and are chosen to be at a suitable ride distance. His are local ones.........
     
  7. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I agree as well - I like going out 'for a ride' but much prefer to ride 'somewhere' and back again.
     
  8. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I feel a strange sense of achievement if I've gone somewhere or done something by bike rather than by car. Signing on, commuting, visiting friends, getting the shopping, popping out for a coffee, whatever, it feels better travelling by bike (within reason, of course!).

    So, whilst I love riding for the ride as well as for the destination, if I have a reason to go somewhere, it does feel good.
     
  9. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    My rides usually have a destination - often a cafe or a pub.
    Sometimes I do just go out for an hour or two and head in random directions. There aren't many roads within 20 miles of me I haven't been along now.
    Even those rides can end up having a destination - it's just I didn't know I was going there till I arrived, if you see what I mean.
     
  10. Or Commuting.:smile:
     
  11. darkstar

    darkstar New Member

    this is a strange time for me to post this, considering i've recently come back from cycling 20 laps of a hill in liverpool at midnight in the rain. But i agree, I enjoy planning a route the day before, having a target destination in mind, i also enjoy having no clue how to get there, just following road signs and heading down whatever road i like the look of!
     
  12. I hate doing that. I have to know where I am all the time, otherwise it's no fun at all for me. I think it comes of being a truck driver.
     
  13. darkstar

    darkstar New Member

    I have to know the general location, just like to have an idea of villages/towns i need to aim for! :smile:

    So do you like to map the route out before hand, or do you have a fancy gps?
     
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