It was a bit warm on the commute home tonight. I do not think I have been so happy for a head wind and deluge to keep cool! By the time I got home, I was dry again!
Its been over 30 years since i`ve been to Barton Truck Truck stop, amazing place.Three o'clock this afternoon found me sitting on an upturned milk crate on the forecourt of a petrol station in Ferryhill repeatedly pouring water from my cap onto my head. The cold water tap was a lifesaver but I still wasn't sure I could ride the remaining twelve miles home. Every time I tried to stand up my vision clouded, my head started spinning and my knees began to buckle. And it had all started off so well - kind of.
Plan A, to get out on the tandem, didn't survive Mrs. jg's encounter with an aggressive speed bump at the QE Infirmary. She'd tweaked her back badly enough to bail out but urged me to get out on a single so plan B was quickly formed; head South and try to avoid hills and the A167.
Set off into a hairdryer headwind but felt good. So good that when I'd finished my Cherry Bakewell Scone at the Number 4 Teashop in Sedgefield I decided to carry on to Eaglescliffe. Haven't been that way for ages but remembered the route from past Ferryhill Wheelers club runs and was down there in good time.
It was as I rode along Aislaby Road towards Middleton One Row that I began to get really hot. I guess it was because I was now missing the cooling effect of the headwind. No problem though, there are plenty of places to get refills and anyway the shortest way back was to carry on. I had to stop though at Middleton and again at Neasham, which isn't that much further on, because I was getting light headed.
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River Tees at Neasham
Cheered myself up with the thought of a proper meal and a long sit down at Barton Truck Stop (a World Heritage Site according to @Skuhravy). Beans on toast, a pint of tea and an ice cold coke on the back of my throat saw me fit for action again so off I went down the Roman Road to Piercebridge. All was right with the world again apart from the thunderbugs getting up my nose.
Usually, at Piercebridge I'd take a hilly route home on the lanes but today thought the line of least resistance would be more sensible. Through Newton Aycliffe, charcoal burning everywhere, to the A167 and swing directly North. By now I'd drunk 7 bottles of water, a couple of pots of tea and a couple of cokes but was feeling groggy. I'd stopped sweating, hadn't had a pee for ages but just couldn't face anything else to drink.
That's when I found the tap at Ferryhill. Eventually I managed to get my body temperature down and could stand without feeling faint so I pottered home occasionally dowsing my head from my refilled bottles.
82 very hot miles not to be repeated.
You have a good taste in Bikes, lol.Out again earlyish this morning (about an hour later than yesterday) with the Galaxy to get some miles in while it was nice. It's not expected to be as warm today but the thermometer was already showing 20C wen I set out.
I didn't want to be out too long as there was a possibility of rain so opted for one of my regular routes (Upton Magna, Walcot, Cressage, Acton Burnell, Longnor).
The Galaxy felt fabulous despite tired legs (with one thing and another it's been a while since I last rode four days in succession) and a tailwind after Condover helped greatly with that (and improved my mood after a rather pointless close pass). The lane I wanted to use past Berrington Hall is closed which I wasn't expecting so I risked using the A458 to Cross Houses. The traffic was okay but that stretch was uphill and seemed to be into the wind so I didn't enjoy it.
I did enjoy the stretch from Cross Houses, through Atcham and Upton Magna to Withington though which the bike seemed to just fly along. After Withington I turned southwards into the headwind which brought my enthusiasm back down to earth a bit. Nothing to be done but keep turning the pedals though.
The chain jammed on me as I shifted down from the big ring approaching Atcham Bridge. The bike has an annoying habit of doing this on random shifts and I can't find anything specifically wrong.
Shore Lane felt a bit of a slog today and having a cross or headwind through Acton Burnell all the way to Longnor meant I wasn't going to break any records. At Longnor though I turned north again and enjoyed a cracking wind-assisted run pretty much all the way home.
34.4 miles this trip at 15.3 mph average.
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Pausing for a drink near to Acton Burnell.
Thanks.You have a good taste in Bikes, lol.
I shall have a look when the wheel for the carbon is sorted. Still waiting on spokes at the moment.The intense heat has abated to a normal warm Summer day, in Shropshire and so I ventured back out on the bike. Last few days have been past the heat level, for me getting on a bike.
My usual Shrewsbury route, but in a clockwise direction, which I don’t often do. Headed down through Meole Brace, where I had the usual Friday night idiot, woman in a VW Up who overtakes me, whilst I’m going between 2 parked cars, with inches to spare and then promptly pulls in front of the parked car on the right Utterly pathetic driving.
Thankfully there were no more idiots on the route through Nobold, Radbrook, Copthorne, Shelton and Porthill, where I dropped down into the Quarry. Flower show tents are slowly going up, ready for the 9th August.
Along the Towpath to the weir, where there were some teenage boys playing on the weir and in the River, really not a good idea in that river lads
Continued on through Castlefields and then along the cycle lanes to Reabrook, back down to Meole and home.
Did have some real problems with the gears on the Hybrid, again. Seems to be between gears 2, 3 & 4, particularly when pulling away in 2 and 3 with some effort. It jumps out of gear and between gears, which is very disconcerting when pulling across busy roads. Had a tweak when I got back, but it needs resetting up by @Rickshaw Phil me thinks.
13.43 miles at 11.5mph avg
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