On Monday it was my day off, and for the first time in a long time I took to the roads of Northumberland on my bike. My co-Relay worker Sam also came along for the ride. It was an absolutely stunning day – clear, crisp skies and snow in the fields once we got out into the countryside proper. The fresh air and bliss of riding around thinking about nothing except how fast to pedal was so relaxing. What a way to spend a day off!
There were however, a few hairy moments, largely due to the amount of snow on the smaller roads. Just before the ride I had tried to swap my summer ‘slick’ tyres for my winter grippy ones. But because the tyres were so cold and tight I snapped three tyre levers just trying to get them off. So swapping the tyres was not an option, I just had to brake gently in advance of any hazard or corner so that I didn’t end up flying off the bike. This only got slightly dangerous when we were out by Medburn and the snow and slush and ice meant that it was anyone’s guess where which direction my tyres would head in. Miraculously, I managed to stay upright, much to the disappointment of Sam who was watching eagerly a couple of metres back on all of the snowy areas.
All in all, it was a beautiful day, a beautiful ride and a wonderful way to spend a monday afternoon!