Monthly Archives: April 2014

Not So Limber Lumbars

One of the things that kept me from posting during my hiatus from cycling this past winter was a lack of fresh photographs with which to illustrate any posts. I always like to include new art with my posts, preferably something shot that morning, and it just wasn’t happening last winter so even though I…

Bluebell Wood

Out for a bit of resistance training this morning – the resistance being provided by panniers full of photographic gear and the hills I needed to climb to get to my favourite bluebell wood. One of the pleasantest things about cycling through an English spring is the kaleidoscope of wildflowers you see along the little…

Hail and Hearty – English Weather

A toughening ride this morning, thirty miles into cold wind and colder rain, with a light battering with birdshot hail thrown in to heighten the rigours of my latest training ride. Aside from being a bracing way to wake up on a Sunday morning – Easter morning – it was a timely reminder that English…

Back in the Saddle

Out for a long spin once more this morning, after a few shorter rides during the week and I am happy to report that the elevations and gradients in this part of Sussex seem to be easing back and returning to their pre-winter state. I am guessing it must be due in part to the…

Mountains and Molehills

Well. At long last I went out for a proper morning ride, a touch under thirty miles, my ambitions fired by the suggestion, proposed in a comment the other day, of riding the Dunwich Dynamo this July. It was lovely to be out in the pre-dawn glow, putting in the miles and with a lofty…

Overseas – to the Isle of Wight!

Just when I am finally starting to hit my stride again as a blogger, the school Easter holidays have popped up to throw me off again. Tomorrow we head off to the Isle of Wight for five days for what has become the Smith family’s traditional springtime get-away. The kids in particular love it, and…

Exploring Inner Space

I’ve been following a thread on a cycling forum the past couple of days about foreign travel and whether it is essential to one’s spiritual and emotional and cultural well-being. The original poster said that he had never left Britain’s shores, had never felt any particular urge to do so and wondered if there were…

The Mountain

The post the other day got me thinking more about the growing up I did in rural New England back in the 1960s and 1970s and the almost fictional quality of my childhood – which was not fiction but wholehearted lived, even if it does come to me now like memories of memories, or fondly…

Once Upon A Time

The other day when I was walking home from school with my ten year-old daughter she was telling me how she would like to get a bicycle and come riding with me early in the mornings, on weekends, during the summer holiday. I was delighted to hear it and very encouraging. It was interesting, and…