Homeward bound…..

Well, no longer ‘bound’, but already there. After two long recovery sleeps (from the transatlantic night flight rather than the tour of Florida), my dear wife, Jenny, who was missing her role as trusty stoker, successfully read my mind, and popped the suggestion: “Why not go for a tandem ride?”.

Well, she always scores a bull with that kind of suggestion. She could sense I was going to head out on the bike anyway. After all, today has been the meteorological first day of Spring (note the use of upper case) and, quite surprisingly, the weather gods had heard somebody’s prayer, and given us a bright sunny day.

Of course, the first day of Spring also happens to coincide with the feast day of the patron saint of Wales, St David. The Welsh diaspora across the world will have celebrated the memory of this 5th century saint by eating a lamb and leek dish called Cawl, and will have raised a glass of St David’s ale (even though the man himself was teetotal). If you saw anyone sporting a leek or daffodil on their lapel…..yes you got it…….. they were Welsh……and proud of it.20140301_143602_Android

So we turned a pedal or two in his honour, enjoyed a light lunch overlooking Grafham Water (wondering if it was cormorants we could see in the distance), passed dozens of cyclists grinding their way around the Wiggle ‘No Excuses’ Sportive, spied the wind turbines 15 miles away at Chelveston from every angle (these things do dominate the sky-line)………and covered a respectable 17 miles in the process.

This was the beginning of more rides to come in 2014……..

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 1, 2014, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I am glad the “weather gods” heard your prayer! I am so envious of the green grass I see in your photo! My bike ride today was done in the middle of a major snow storm — but fortunately it warmed all the way up to 14 degrees F (-11C).


  2. David, those ‘weather gods’ were kind yesterday, but not so today. But still good enough for a 50 mile club run, with only a sprinkling of rain. I’m sure you would be delighted if it were warm enough to merely rain!


  3. Jonathan Belbin

    Why didn’t Jenny stand the other side of the branch?!


  4. Ah, very good question, Jonathan……something to do with innate camera shyness.


  5. Jenny would be very happy to have you home again.


  6. You are right, Heather…….I’m pleased to say!


  7. There is something about the intimacy of the tandem, isn’t there? The last couple of years, ours has got more miles on it than our single bikes. When we go on group rides we are always the fastest in the group.


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