It’s been a while! First trip out for 10 months and first post for much longer than that…

A lot has happened in my life since my last post, but I won’t go into that here. Suffice to say I no longer have a beard and now live in North Yorkshire.

Anyway, with Covid and everything else that is going on in the world at the moment, I’ve not been out on my bike for 10 months, I’m really embarrassed to say. Time to start sorting that one out, especially now the weather is starting to get warmer and Spring is round the corner.

I’ve no idea how fit I am other than I know I need to lose 3 stone, so decided I’d just do a simple local loop to start things off and assess how I was feeling as I went round. The route has a few small slopes in it as we get to the edge of the Vale Of York, but noting too testing by the levels I was used to a few years ago.

The sun was out this afternoon, it was not raining for a change and the wind was gentle, so no better time to get back out and start to break myself back into cycling.

I headed south from home towards Church Fenton, enjoying the views over the Vale Of York and beyond. Lovely to see snowdrops out on the verges of the lanes and the sound of nature starting to waken up from Winter.

After passing through Barkston Ash, it was time to tackle the more undulating lanes on the edge of the Vale and towards Leeds. I found I was not great at climbing at all but that is to be expected after being off the bike for so long. Only time on the bike and miles in my legs will change that and that is the plan.

The ride down the lane back towards my home village of Ulleskelf was the fastest part of the ride and my legs were starting to break into the ride by now and I was thoroughly enjoying myself.

I even did a loop round the village at the end, so my end mileage was over 10 miles in total. Nowhere near the 100+ miles I used to do on a ride a few years ago, but Rome was not built in a day and I plan to get back to longer rides very soon, building things up gradually.

Route: click here