Your ride today....

wafter

Well-Known Member
Location
Oxford
I really enjoyed my isolation essential exercise ride yesterday evening.

I went out at dusk - start was fast & fun on quiet roads, up to Wickwar when I watched jackdaws in large groups behaving more like starlings as they went to roost. Then a blat home along the lanes with the pool of my front light in front and a star or planet to guide me. 16 miles in 56 minutes.


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Looks like a nice ride and raises another great point that in these times of plague, night rides have to be a fantastic idea for avoiding other people - it's still a bit chilly at night for my tastes though!
 

Arjimlad

Tights of Cydonia
Location
South Glos
Looks like a nice ride and raises another great point that in these times of plague night rides have to be a fantastic idea for avoiding other people - it's still a bit chilly at night for my tastes though!
It was blissful, there were a few boy racers out burning about on the quiet roads though.
 

Shearwater Missile

Über Member
Location
Heart of Suffolk
I'm fairly lucky that most of the roads round here are not in high population areas, while the vast majority of the other cyclists & walkers using the roads are going the other way to me so it's fairly easy to follow the distancing guidelines.

As I'd taken the day off work to go to a (cancelled) event in Norwich, I took the opportunity to get out for a few hours this afternoon on another glorious sunny day, but with a bit of a cold easterly breeze. Out via Levington & Nacton to Ipswich where the lack of people & traffic was really noticable. I then headed for Wherstead and a loop of Alton Water and down to Shotley but unusually doing it in the anti-clockwise diretion. Other than the continued lack of traffic, at Stutton the biggest sign of the efect of the Government's shutdown was the complete closure of Alton Water park with the gates being locked shut - on any other day like this, the place would have been packed.
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Continuing on through Holbrook, Harkstead and enjoying the view at Erwarton down the River Stour towards the River Orwell & Felixstowe
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I got to Shotley and then headed back towards Ipswich through the villages of Chelmondiston, Wolverstone and then down the Freston hill to one of my favourite sights, which I make no apology for posting yet again, especially on a day like this
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Again avoiding the busiest areas of Ipswich, I went round the top of the town and home via Rushmere St. Andrew & Bucklesham for a most welcome 50 miles of fresh air.
Another sign of the changing seasons - we've had the whites of snowdrops, the yellows of daffodils and now the blues of bluebells are starting to make themselves evident
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Good right up again. I know most of those places. On a day with blue skies the Orwell Bridge almost looks majestic.
By the way the blue flowers are grape hyacinth (Muscari). I have been caught out with those too.
 

Shearwater Missile

Über Member
Location
Heart of Suffolk
It was blissful, there were a few boy racers out burning about on the quiet roads though.
I saw them out as well yesterday, it makes me so b.... angry they think it is a holiday. There are a lot of youngsters who are helping out at the supermarkets etc and I was served by a delightful lad yesterday who would have been at university but said he wanted to earn some extra cash. Good for him.
 

Kryton521

Well-Known Member
Almost the same route as yesterday, except stopped off at my Sisters, [yes, I know we're not meant to/allowed.] but kept isolation, distance for coffee stop since everything is closed.
Came across a man struggling on an e-bike. Turns out it was neither switched on, nor battery charged. He brought it to exercise on whilst off work. Didn't ask what he did for a living but he had some nice cycling type attire and a flash e-bike but clearly no idea.
I smiled all the way home! :becool:
 

DCBassman

Veteran
Location
Tavistock
First ride post-surgery. Used the Trek 800 as it has the lowest gears! Heavier though...
8.18 miles, 6.9mph avg, 703ft gain.
I'll take that as a reasonable come-back!
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Lovely day for it, too.
Edit to add: I really felt it on this ride, just had so much fitness loss over the past two years. No more damned surgery!
 
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Mike_P

Veteran
Location
Harrogate
A late morning Boris approved bike ride today, again on the hybrid as the Defy needs a new gear cable and my spares all turned out to brake cables. Fitted the hybrid with a dual Garmin / GoPro support and my old GoPro unearthed as could not work out how to flip the image on the Lidl 4k, as the camera would be upside down, and whipped the speed sensor off the Defy.

North through Killinghall on the A61 where the number of cyclists appeared to notably exceed the passengers on the bus.
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Took the Ripley by-pass for the first time since the Worlds Senior Mens time trail and again what a difference it was then, tents up and crowds partaking of drinks. Now just a forlorn tourist sign and far too many estate agents boards.
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Turned off along the narrow lane to Nidd where for once the outline of the village church amongst the trees was readily evident to a camera.
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Then pass Brearton to the B6165 and the northern end of Nidd where the entrance was nicely lined by daffodils.
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It was now the Garmin finally shut down, it had spent the entire ride searching for satellites and in doing so had expired its battery. I know it was never good on clear blue sunny days for some odd reason but this was ridiculous. Looks like a Wahoo mount needed for the hybrid. Fortunately had got Starva recording on my mobile.

Back at Ripley largely followed the outbound route, was slightly concerned how quickly I was gaining on another cyclist on the climb away from Killinghall but any thoughts of trying to see if it was safe to pedal down the middle of the road were discarded as he turned off.
12.5 miles @ 12.3mph avg despite a mis-indexing Halfords 7 speed freewheel. Had it put on in an emergency need it for tomorrows commute last year and really needs replacing. Three lowest gears are fine but beyond that its game of chance. 677ft climbed
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twentysix by twentyfive

Clinging on tightly
Location
Over the Hill
What a superb spring day. I was a bit later than usual heading out today. No meet time with pals now. It's that time of year to resurrect some of the longer rides so I aimed at Acton Green. On the way up I met Martin S coming the other way. So we had a bit of a chat at distance. I think it's going to be like this for quite a while. Over the top at Acton Green it's a nice drop to Bishops Frome and the run to Burley Gate. Ocle Pychard is an interesting name. I crossed the two Hereford roads for Mordiford to cross the Wye then on downstream to cross again at Hoarwithy. Strangely the usual gaggle of swans were absent. It's a lovely run climbing away from the river to eventually top out on the Marcle ridge. Then it's a fairly standard run back made superb by plenty of wild daffodils still in bloom. 66 solo smiles
 
My son was slowly going up the wall this afternoon bless him. Both kids have been dealing well with social isolation but it has been tough, so it was time for some forest bathing to decompress. We headed out next to the river towards a quiet section of forest that's criss-crossed with lots of tracks and my son led the way. Picking random tracks at will, criss-crossing this way and that and exploring. We had a great time in complete solitude just enjoying the peace and quiet before emerging next to the river and having a small snack on it's banks. Then we headed back to home, registering just over 12km's of blissful decompression.

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