Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Exciting news!

Great news!
It looks as though Monica and Paul will be able to join us on our cycling trip in France next year. As this blog is a work in progress, and there are no firm plans about where we intend to go, I will add websites of interest as I discover them. From the blog and comments I'm sure an exciting cycling route will emerge.

The first website I've explored is A very small company run by an English couple who specialise in hiring bikes with panniers and providing maps etc so people can plan their own cycling trips. I like the sound of the hotel accommodation rather than camping. The region of Brittany sounds beautiful, perfect for cycling. Worth exploring this site in more detail.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

So it begins...

An old coach with a new contract...

Two cycle rides this weekend, inspired by Monica and Paul's lengthy ride in New York.
THE coach has agreed to take me on again under his strict conditions - the 5-1 ratio. Five rides solo earns one ride, plus coffee, plus breakfast with THE coach. He completed his first commitment by showing me a safe ride through Wareemba and out to Breakfast Point, 24Kms in all. Yesterday we rode together, today I did 22 Kms alone.

This morning's solo ride was most pleasant - still water, few people, even fewer dogs and no magpies. Two interesting sights - a man fishing from a canoe and, an elderly gentleman doubling his equally elderly wife sidesaddle, as they returned with bags of groceries alone the bikepath around Canada Bay.

So the goal this week, two rides alone so THE coach has to ride with me next weekend.

THE coach celebrating a new contract with his old client.

Short term goal - Homebush cyclepath by the end of the October holidays.

Long term goal - Cycling in France, July 2010