I’ll Regret this in the Morning

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A bit of exploration tonight and trying out some of the functions of the Garmin.

I have a long ride in mind but it involves going beyond Sadler’s Farm and/or Fair Glen. Both of these junctions don’t look cycle friendly so have been researching alternative routes. There is also Bread and Cheese Hill to avoid.

Some cycle route planners suggested using an underpass in the Thundersley area which goes under the A130 between Sadler’s and Fair Glen. So, I transferred the suggested route into a “course” on Garmin and downloaded it.

The Garmin has a SatNav feature in that it will keep you on course – but only in that annoying way of telling you after you have gone off course. The display is simply a black line for you to follow which was hard to see in the night light but  I got to the underpass without getting lost or making any wrong turns.

The route there is slightly up hill the whole way despite me thinking I had plotted a fairly flat course. Turns out Church Road in Thundersley is great a hill in one direction, luckily the way I was going. I had brakes on full but still accelerated down the bendy hill. I then realised I may have to cycle back up this hill later…

Having got to the underpass I then had to cycle home….

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For variety I had picked a different route home. I think this was much better but I did had to attempt cycling back up Church Road (I gave up). For a long time I was reliant on the Garmin and was very pleased to see the A13 when I reached it. It felt like I was home. The A13 is not bad for cycling on I have decided. Cars aren’t as fast and most of the junctions are laid out well for cyclists.

So, just over 20 miles in one night – I think that counts as a decent bike ride.

Bike Ride no 3

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Went further than planned tonight. Wanted to check out the cycle paths along the A127 up to the borough boundary. Found myself at the Rayleigh Weir…

In some places some really nice cycle paths where one can get a good speed up and not worry about traffic and then it comes to an end and you either have to join the busy road or break the law and go the pavement, knowing that shortly there’ll be shared space or another path just up the road. It is particularly odd when that stretch of road has a large grass verge between the pavement and road – plenty of the space for a cycle path.

Just seems odd the paths have been constructed in a disjointed fashion. It is a bit like laying a road across a field which only covers part of the field and doesn’t join up with any other road.

Bike ride no 2

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Determined to get into the habit of my weekly bike ride. Weather was looking dicey Wednesday so went out on Tuesday. It was still a windy evening, with it blowing roughly west to east, resulting in having the wind in my face when going up the steady inclines after cruising along the front.

The front has an excellent cycle path which unfortunately doesn’t really join up with any other cycle lane. Many of the cycle paths in the borough are shared with pedestrians – though this isn’t too much of a problem at 9pm at this time of year . There isn’t much scope for cycle paths in some areas but some roads, eg Bournemouth Park Road, could easily have something installed off road and off pavement. If you build it, they’ll come…

Thinking of checking my Hi Viz jacket to make sure it isn’t actually an invisibility cloak.