|VIEW FROM THE STUDLAND FERRY|
|ON THE RIDGE WITH CORFE CASTLE IN THE DISTANCE|
|VIEW FROM MY LUNCH STOP|
|NOT MANY PEOPLE ON SWANAGE BEACH|
|ANOTHER VIEW FROM MY LUNCH STOP|
Any way I think I'm rambling a bit here so lets get back to what I wanted to put in this post...........
I woke up to a beautiful day. Yes it was cold but the sun was shining nice and bright. So - what to do on your birthday. Not a problem if your a keen cyclist- go for a ride of course..!
Since the new year I have been putting in the miles trying to build up my core fitness but yesterday was the first day that I would describe as an almost perfect cycling day.
I cycled down to the Studland ferry taking it across the entrance to Poole harbour. It really is the gateway to the Purbeck Hills. Once across I cycled up through Studland heath and then through Studland village over Dean hill and down to Swange. (I have not attempted the' hill of death' since the turn of the year - I will save that till my fitness levels improve).
From Swanage I carried on cycling up through Langton Matravers. Then I continued uphill all the way to the top of the ridge - the payoff is fantastic views over the valley with views of Corfe Castle in the far distance.
I did a huge loop which eventually took me back to Swanage where I stopped for a lunch break before heading back to the ferry and home.
The Tifosi was running a treat - the chain sounded wonderful as it slipped through the rear derailleur and jockey wheels - a very light tinkling sound - must have been the Purple Extreme that I was talking about in my last posting.
As I was cycling along you could hear the birds singing and smell the freshness all around- it was one of those days when everything seemed right with the world - well my world anyway.
By the time I had got back to the Purpletraveller Control Centre (my garage) I had covered 56 miles. I know that is not a huge mileage, but the day was too good to put my head down, get into the drops and go for it. No, it was a day to savour. A truly great day and a really good birthday present...!!
Normally I don't bother to stop and take any pictures when I am enjoying the cycling so much, but I did manage to take a few and I thought that I would share them with you.
Oh ... although I am a grumpy grouch Anne and I did go out for a really fabulous Greek meal last night. A great end to a rather special day.