Back to it.

Back on the bike today after an absence of one month and one day.;  the longest time away for many years – right back to the years BC (before cycling).

How good to be back.  I’m not quite in character yet. Not yet Miss Scarlet, whizzing along the green lane, heart bursting with feel-good hormones and caution thrown to the four winds.

This was more Miss Cautious, in a reasonable gear on undemanding terrain, consciously ignoring the  cycle computer.  Poor stats are too upsetting.

But it was enough.  A lot has happened while I’ve been shut up indoors looking out of the windows at the sky and the way the breeze is blowing the tree tops and feeling the draught through the open window and wondering how that translates to the feeling when you’re flying along a main road with the traffic noise vyeing with the wind in your ears and the nose getting as cold as a dog’s.

A lot has happened while I’ve been watching and rewatching the movie of a ride I know to be heart-soaringly good, until I know  when the sun will appear from behind the clouds and where tall trees turn the road into a mottled leafy tunnel with light at the end and the squeal of maladjusted brakes signals The End.

Autumn has happened – everywhere, Mother Nature’s wonderful metallic palette of golds, coppers and bronzes. Leaves crunching beneath the wheels.  Fallen twigs and inconsiderate farmers flaying blackthorn hedges and letting the cuttings strew the cycleway. Guaranteed punctures usually but not today. Not even a blackthorn spike was going to deflate the pleasure of those circular rhythms and the easy familiar feel of me and the bike being conjoined again.



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About janh1

Part-time hedonist.
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7 Responses to Back to it.

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    Have you not been well Jan?
    Or has work forced your unnatural hibernation?

  2. janh1 says:

    Just a bit of a mountainbiking prang, Isobel. Ligaments nearly all better. 😉

  3. Darrel Kirby says:

    You know I don’t share or really understand your infatuation, but glad you’re almost back on form.

  4. IsobelandCat says:

    Ouch!
    Hope you had a good book. Or two.
    I bet the kits were happy.
    Have progressed from James Taylor to Steven Stills which I’ve not listened to for years. Really enjoying it.

    • janh1 says:

      The kits have been totally spoiled.They have taken advantage when I’ve had to rest the leg by climbing all over me and purring deafeningly or slumbering in awkward positions.

      Glad you liked the JT. Stephen Stills now? The good stuff endures and never goes stale. Joni Mitchell’s music would be just as fresh and successful now as it was in the 60’s.

  5. IsobelandCat says:

    I am Cat-less until Saturday.
    Not enjoying it at all.

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