Went for a ride with The Smalls today, although had an unexpected bonus when Hotmetal called as we approached Windsor, so we arranged to meet up for a coffee... ok, we arranged to meet up for an ice-cream.
We only covered about 12-13 miles, I guess, but it's the first "long" (all things are relative when you are 9 years old ) ride that we've done together this year and fun was had by all.
Went to Evans in Hendon to get a few bits, the mrs wanted some cycling shorts, a water bottle and holder for her new bike. I wanted a new top, some ergonomic handlebar grips and my boy wanted some fingerless gloves and some lights. When we got home we all went out for a 15 mile ride, stopping halfway round for a coffee and a slice of carrot cake at a lovely little cafe in St.Albans park. Then after dinner i went out on another ride with a mate and we did another 12 miles or so.
70 miles around County Durham. I had my jacket and arm warmers/kneewarmers on for most of the ride because of the wind and cloud cover although I managed to get the jacket and armwarmers off for the last 10 miles.
Done a ride from Bolton to Chesterfield (stayed overnight for a birthday party) approx 125 there and back. Great weather, has been a relief to ditch most of the winter wear and only worry about sweating/re-hydration!
Rode the Crab and Winkle trail from Canterbury to Whitstable (6 miles mostly off road).
Light lunch and a good pot of tea in Whitstable.
A walk around the harbour, and some time watching the sailing boats.
Rode back along the Crab and Winkle trail - more hills on the return trip......
Then went home and did some gardening, which we had been putting off for far too long.