If you’ve not heard of it before, 30 Days of Biking is a personal challenge with a charitable edge. People pledge to ride their bike every day in April, and for every two that do, 1USD is donated to World Bicycle Relief. This year we have six riders attempting the challenge.
A mixed bag of floral loveliness and urban not so loveliness today. We know which we’d rather have.
No, I really didn’t feel like riding after a day spent juggling working from home and helping with maths revision. A glass of wine and a good book was far more appealing! But five minutes into the ride and I was so glad I’d made the effort. Some of ’30 days’ rides have, by necessity, been short and sweet and tonight was no exception. But they have taught me that even a short sprint round the woods is worth while. I got to see the bluebells, hear the birds sing and return home feeling more relaxed.
What was meant to be an hour testing my super-glued tubeless fix, ended up being quality time with Coop shopping trolleys sheltering from a storm of biblical proportions. I was soaked to the skin but the tyre held. Hurrah for methyl cyanoacrylate!
Seriously, WTF is going on? It’s Spring. SPRING, not Winter. On the plus side I ran over a goose. Not clipped one, totally ran over one.* 29ers make the fowl come alive. Well, angry anyway. 91km, 4.5hrs, 916m climbing.
Some commutes leave you glad to get home in one piece. Today was one of them. Cold, heavy rain. Half light, no lights. Close pass after close pass. Spray and standing water. And as a final treat, a close shave with some overflow from a skip.
I’m alive! Even with the constantly looming cloud of probable death, cycling in London is still more pleasurable and quicker than the tube!
Took a diversion on the way home to pull in some daffodil viewing; one of the best things about Spring.
How about you?
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*We would like to assure readers that, despite getting a bit wedged, the goose was fine. Greg saw it again on his way home.