It's been a glorious few days, weather-wise - in fact, almost too good, certainly too warm to do anything strenuous during the day. I've had a few nice evening rides recently, and there's something utterly blissful about being out on quiet country lanes as dusk begins to fall, but today I woke in an up & at 'em frame of mind, and was breakfasted, dressed and ready to go by 10am.
I decided to head west out of the city, helped along by a warm easterly wind (about 15kph, if Accuweather is to be believed) and sticking to the Sustrans bike path to get me out of town quickly and well away from traffic. I don't know how much was down to the new bike and how much down to my improved fitness, but I found this loop so much easier than when I rode it with Rich last year, which is a nice feeling. Three and a half hours of quality pottering, 57km - all in all, a Good Day on the bike!
Some of the things I saw today:
- Planes taking off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse (which may not actually be the windiest place of earth, but it sure feels like it sometimes!)
- A beautiful meadow of Yorkshire fog
- At least three cyclists wearing jackets - in 20-odd degrees sunshine!
- A kestrel hunting over the verge
- A selection of truly awful cycling shorts in one of York's many local bike shops
- The site of the battle of Marston Moor, with four beautiful classic cars parked up next to it