Days to go to Tour Ride 2010: 7
Its harvest time here at Chez AbandonedBicycle. Mrs AB and I have spent a productive and, for once, relaxed morning on the allotment. Its been a bumper harvest this year. For weeks we have been munching our way through a glut of variously sized courgettes and are quite glad that these have come to the end for another year. The runner beans have been in full swing though today seemed to be the end of them and as I type, Mrs AB is de-stringing and topping-and-tailing several bags full ready to freeze. We have enough spuds to keep a small Irish village through any future famine. And our Squashes have been prolific. All in all we have plenty to keep us going as the nights and weather draw in for another year.
Also drawing in is the big day of the Tour Ride. 7 days to go, not including today. By the accounts of the many training plans I’ve seen I was meant to get in one last long ride this weekend. Well, cest la vie, it’s not happened. Whilst I could get (and in all honesty have got) worked up about this I am trying my best to resist. In fact yesterday was a day of continual fluidity as plans changed constantly, partly in response to the ineptitude of Halfords to provide correct information both on their website and in their store, and partly down to our old friend the weather. Looking out of the window it is meant to be raining. With that forecast I went out yesterday to avoid the wet yet again. Needless to say it isn’t raining now but it sure did yesterday instead. And after a confrontation with tweed wearing, fancy 4×4 driving, “country sport” middle-aged man on mobile phone (yes, I said on Facebook and Twitter yesterday and I reiterate it again toady – 2 fingers to you too!) it wasn’t the best. But nor was it the worst. It was 30 miles more under the belt and its amazing how I seem to tick of those miles with more ease. That in anyone’s book is accomplishment.
And so to my news from last week. With my charms and the good looks of my brother I have wangled a VIP start at the Tour Ride. So a huge thank you to Sara from the organisers, Paul and I now have maximum daylight hours to complete the route.
In the next few days I’ll provide some more details of the route and following discussions with the other half of the team try and work out the times we will be at various points. There will be no excuses for not coming out to see us! ;o)