Craghead cross country

Yesterday I got lost – and ended in a river, sorry streamlet, crossing it carrying my bike. I expected, again, that I would wake up feeling muscles that I had forgotten I had but I didn’t. I was toiling getting lost and cycling for 2 hours without a break in lovely winter sunshine – it has to be said. I am pleasantly surprised to discover that my fitness levels must be quite high now – using my sort of life time fitness record in my head from nil fitness and being rubbish at cross country running at school. Then discovering the Great North Run and finding out that for so called fun runners it was just a question of following to the letter the training regime and the once unattainable joy at running long distances was actually possible and a source of joy. I don’t run now – I cycle and there’s so much about all the processes involved that I love – the challenge and map reading ( also – love using maps ) all the elements just give me so much and produce ideas for work. All that and seratonin. Yesterday I identified the wrong way to get to my destination but it was an adventure – unexpected. I do not like exercising without a purpose – it has to be journey that I have to take somewhere, however I always give myself plenty of time to get lost. It pays dividends. I now have a much better route but look forward to getting lost again.

Survived the ride home 23/11/2015

I was really wary but it was not icy going home – just slush where the worst ice and snow had been around Stanley. Alot of puddles that I don’t even bother to avoid. My new light was treemendous – so much to see now – rabbit and hare flew off the path. Meeting other users was much safer now that I can see them properly. The C2C is both a high path and deep cutting path and in the dark both are accentuated. The sky is so amazing on the high part especially when the sky is clear. It is really strange how the senses alter when one – mainly sight is restricted. I thought I might wake up knowing where I fell but no – it has made me slightly more wary, however just loving the insight into the natural world along the C2C. More new paths on wednesday to Craghead.

A bit skitey on the C2C monday 23/11/2015

A bit skitey is the word – but… my bike’s tyres are very, I thought, unlikey to let me down, literally – however just after I had answered – ‘ I know – these tyres are great though’ after he said – ‘it’s a bit skitey mind’ – of course I came off. Quite gracefully at the bottom of a drift of ice with running water over it. However most of the way via Stanley and Annfield Plain over alot of skitey ice I felt reassuringly safe on my big tyres. I have the return journey tonight with my extremely bright new light to test out. I always find these rides make me think. I’m in the process of designing one of 3 new books where I can use all this dark winter no light cycling experience. The night sky last week was tremendous – I love the unexpected bonus of contact with the mysterious, nocturnal, natural environment when making a routine return journey.