A Wintery Spring

At last my coughs and feeling of uchhhiness have departed, so I’m looking forward to popping off to Spain near the end of the month. I’m away with a pal to Faro in Portugal, we’re cycling over the border into Spain and then up country for a week’s meandering seeing how far we get and what we can see. The first day should include a wee ferry trip so already it seems like it’ll be interesting and fun.

This Spring has been a bit miserable most of the time with cold, wind & rain, sleet & snow. But despite this I’ve managed to get out quite a bit, though a shortened ride at times.

Stormy

One of the nasty dayssnaw Fresh snow againstanes Rough stuff after the second snow melt

potholelevel crossing

sunnyside

Sunnyside, but cold still

snowbay

Frozen at the edges

snowbay2

I had to wait an extra week before doing my birthday miles as the weather was so rubbish. I try to cover the miles in my age as soon after my birthday as possible  so this year it had to be at least 70.

The last Sunday of the month is usually a club cafe run with the Haddington Cycle Club so it was away up for a welcome bite and a big coffee at the delightful Humbie Hub, up in the hills. A couple of pals Ronnie & Craig (Hi Craig!!) joined me for my attempt. The temperature was forecast to rise to the dizzy heights of 14º and it did! We wooshed down to the coast and headed along with sunshine and a following wind. After a few miles the others were passing their homes so peeled off, thankful for their support. After plenty more quick miles I was near home, but realised I would have to do something to up the mileage a bit so turned east and headed down towards Dunbar, zoomed round the roundabout and headed home. I then realised that I needed a few extra miles so pottered on, on a loop through the village, did a wee dogleg on the way back and managed 70.30 miles. Yippee!!!

Humbie Hub

Sitting in the sun before the descent to the coast

Birthday Miles

Funny game this cycling lark.

My rides have been entertaining as usual, I rarely go out without some sort of wildlife encounter. Deer, pheasant, hares, rabbit and even the occasional crow seem intent on dashing across the road just in front of my wheels, luckily, so far, they have all been just distant enough not to cause harm to themselves or me.

Crow

A daring crow

Pheasant

An even more daring pheasant

I’ve also had a few close encounters of the upsetting kind. The last one was on a sunset ride, just pottering along a back road through one of our local coastal towns, North Berwick. A red sporty car suddenly shot out into the road, blasting his motor. At the last moment he spotted I was there and swerved slightly with what little room there was, his face aghast. I swerved away from him, managed to stay upright and he swept past. My heart was thumping in my chest. A pal pointed out that he had spotted exactly where it was on my route as my heart rate had shot up to a 175 bpm peak and then gone done again. Hopefully this will be the last for a while.

heart

Spot the Spike

So as it is cold, windy & rainy, sleety & snowy outside I am hoping that the weather improvement happens so I can stay fit enough for a good number of miles (kilometres?) on our trip away.

loo

A useful stop? – Old school

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3 thoughts on “A Wintery Spring

  1. bribikes

    Your planned bike tour sounds exciting! But I am rather jealous of your pheasant pictures, I love those beautiful birds so much but they are so shy in upstate New York that I am lucky to even see them, let alone take a photo

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    1. fossilcyclist Post author

      We have masses of pheasants round here, they’re not shy either. I see some on every ride. Deer often appear, as well as hare and rabbits, buzzards etc. Pheasants can be dangerous though, one flew into a pal’s front wheel when he was speeding down a hill with a group. He broke his collar bone and the front forks of his bike!! 😱

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  2. fossilcyclist Post author

    Whoops sorry bribikes, think I’ve deleted you comment by mistake. Meant to say – also forgot to add squir to the list, 3 jumped in front of me today, never dull?

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