Archive | January 2017

I made it!!!!!!!!


As the working week draws to an end I have achieved what I set out to achieve this week. Gertie and I are tentatively getting along. My biggest achievement was undoubtably the Whorral bank. I may not have managed all of it in one go but I was not to be beat, I walked the middle bit but managed to get back on and cycle to the top. There must be a knack to start cycling on a hill as I had a few false starts before I got Gertie heading in the right direction.

As I cycled to Morpeth (as you can see in the pics it was a little frosty and very dark), cycling in my own little argument with myself about will I or won’t I make it up the inclines, ( the hardest bit of cycling in the dark is you can not see the summit of the climbs, which of course I use the word summit in the loosest sense of the word lol, so I never know if I will get there or not) I heard a male voice from behind shouting ‘coming through, coming through’ now my bike must be top of the range as I have a bell to alert people I am passing, not that I pass many mind. This may have been better as I nearly fell off my bike with fright. Polite conversation past between us, ‘it’s not easy cycling in this’ he said, my response between the huffs and puffs agreed it was a challenge and off he cycled into the distance. While I contemplated how cyclists manage that with ease I hit the Whorral bank but heading down would be a breeze if I heeded the advice of my OH and not to use my front brakes, hmmmmm easier said than done, I love my front brake, it’s like a comforter lol. So I am concentration on not falling off when in front a bike appeared and shouted, ‘the paths not to icy you should manage… how did the mystery cyclist manage to get that far in front and start the journey back to where he came from while I had not got that far, and even more how is he able to converse while cycling up Whorral bank I just about managed a gasp when I tried it ?

Never mind I got back in the saddle this morning for my 3rd commute, a much nicer cycle but with a couple of short steep inclines but as you can see from the view they are worth the challenge.

So it’s nearly the Weekend, my favourite part of the week, we are planing a Sunday cycle which will involve my favourite hobby, cake and coffee. You never know that may get knocked off the top spot and cycling may just make it up there as a favourite hobby but I fear that may be far far in the distance. In the meantime our love/hate relationship will continue…

This entry was posted on January 29, 2017.

Well here we go again…


Gertie at work

Poor Gertie was unloved for a number of months in the garage after my last flurry at cycling. Over time I did venture into the garage, usually for a bottle of Prosecco or ice cream, I would chat to her and pat her seat so she knew I hadn’t forgotten about her.

Well On a whim I joined a local Fat Club to help me lose weight, if I am left to my own devices I cheat. With this new found enthusiasm I also enrolled into a local gym in the attempt to improve my fitness. My goal being once I start I will wheel Gertie out of the garage and start cycling again. The OH never really stopped but didn’t get the miles he wanted in last year (so managed to persuade me to buy a trainer so he can cycle inside) but still went out and managed with what seemed like effortless enthusiasm. Where do you get this? If only it could be bottled, I would be first in line.

So I have tentatively dusted Gertie off, pumped her tyres up and off I went, slowly at first. Short little journey to work, maybe only a couple of miles each way, baby steps was my mantra. Then the weather changed and become a little to icy to cycle, so I have patiently waited for the milder mornings and today off I went at 6am on my trusty steed, there is only one thing about cycling to work… You have to cycle home, but I made it and even managed a smile and an “Afternoon” to the various animals I cycled past.

Tomorrow is a new day and a new challenge, if you remember I hate hills, what is like an incline to some, namely the OH is like Mount Everest to me, I am planning my biggest challenge yet, Whorral Bank!!!!!!!!

This entry was posted on January 23, 2017.