Well its official, summer is definitely here and the end of May is turning into a scorcher. Yesterday it was 28 degrees and Mrs AB and I managed to spend much of it in Birmingham on a futile shopping trip. The day was saved by lunch, coffee and a catch up with friends (Lauren and Leo) at Urban Coffee,drinks on the terrace with our neighbours and some stargazing with Mrs AB’s grandad’s telescope. (If you’ve never looked at the moon through a telescope before you should – it is truly spectacular!).
So with the temperature threatening much of the same today it was up and out early this morning for a ride. I’m pleased that I actually got on the bike, even more pleased that I did 28 miles and over the moon that I was back before coffee time. I don’t hink I could have stood the heat as it is now. It was a good ride, an undulating circuit around Codsall, Boscobel, Albrighton and Pattingham. I even felt good on the hills.
Passing what seemed like every Wolverhampton based cyclist on their respective ways out for the day reminded me of something else I love about not just cycling but walking too – the friendliness with which we greet one another. Okay, there are a few miserable so and so’s who never say hello, but the majority do – and even to two chaps I passed on the hill towards Perton were cheery (I think) as the struggled up a nasty little incline. Plenty of people have talked about the camaraderie of the cycling fraternity. I know not on what it is based but it always feels nice to exchange a hello and a wave. So for the couple of miseries I did pass, please take note – its a win-win situation for us all.
However, I do have to report two notable problems today. The first is to the driver of the blue covertible “Mini” – when a cyclist waves to tell you not to pass it is for a reason not to be obstinate and obstructive. In this case it was the presence of 3 oncoming vehicles which you could not see around the blind bend, particularly not at the speed with which you were approaching. And the hand signals you used are not listed in the Highway Code.
The second is to Eurosport. I was looking forward to a couple of hours watching today’s stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia – perhaps the definitive stage of the race finishing on the beast which is Mont Zoncolan. Why then are you chosing not only to avoid live coverage replacing it with Formula 2 GP and the first round of the French Open tennis, but also cramming the action into a programme of less than one hour tonight (which no doubt in true Eurosport will be cut even further to show Darts on Ice from Helsinki)? We are not amused. Looks like its off to Sporza for a bit of Belgian coverage via the internet and my convoluted road to the stars. In the meantime, off to check Mrs AB’s handworking painting the new shed.