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Wednesday 11 January 2012


The weather did a complete about turn following my last post. 
All the rain and the gale force winds decided to leave my part of the south coast and have headed north or somewhere else.......what we were left with has been really mild weather with some nice sunny days as well. 

I have been able to get out on the bike almost every day and start to put in some serious miles. Today I did my first 75 mile day of 2012 and in under five hours as well. 
It was a glorious day just look at the picture above. The weather was so good I decided to do one of my Spring training routes - well it was just like a Spring day after all. 
The route took me out to Bere Regis and back to the Purbecks in a large loop and included a lot of my favourite hills including Creech and Kingston. 

As I was cycling in to Swanage the thought entered my head that an ice cream might be nice, but as you can see in the photo the ice cream kiosk was closed. It might have been a spring like day but obviously no one had informed Mr Ice Cream and I wasn't going to search the town to find a shop that might sell me one, so I settled for an energy bar and a couple of swigs of energy drink before climbing back on the bike for the last twelve miles of the ride. 

According to the weather forecast the weather should stay dry until the start of next week, although the temperature is going to fall back to  normal for this time of year. 

This weekend is the Winter static meet for the Dorset Backpackers Group. 
It is the first event that Graham Faithful has arranged since taking over as Dorset Co-Ordinator following my decision to stand down after about eight years. 
I plan on cycling over to Church Farm at Sixpenny Handley on Friday on my touring bike. 

Although the others will be doing a ten mile walk on the Saturday it is my intention to do a circular ride as there is a good hill in the Shaftesbury area that I want to have a go at.  Of course one of the things that I am looking forward to is my first night in the tent for 2012 I am also looking forward to catching up with all the news and gossip. 
Hopefully I will be able to share some photos of the weekend with you early next week.


Jez Andrews said...

Hi Trevor. Thanks for the follow, hope to hear more from you in the future. Love your blog by the way. I want a cycle animation too!!

Well living in the northeast (a southern amongst these geordies!) I can confirm the winds have come back up this way. Just when I thought they'd gone!!

jeff said...

Very nice! 75 mile ride in already in 2012. My longest this year is the 22 miler last weekend. Too bad about the ice cream.

John Romeo Alpha said...

I think we could all agree that the ice cream kiosk could be open, perhaps selling some version of hot chocolate / ice cream mixtures.

TrevorW�� said...

*Jez Andrews*
Thanks for the comments Jez...Nice to link up with you.

Hi Jeff...I am sure that you will get plenty of those longer rides in during 2012.

Seeing those Customer Service opportunities is something that we have never seemed to be very good at in the UK....hence the ice cream kiosk being closed on such a nice day...

GreenComotion said...

I say do another 75 ASAP and get two ice creams!

Great job with the 75 miler in less than 5 hours.

Paz :)

TrevorW�� said...

Thanks Chandra...I was pleased with my time on the 75 miler because what I hadn't mentioned was that the ascent over that ride was in excess of 10,000ft with some very stiff gradients...

Six weeks off.

 The visit to see the Consultant went quite well really ...   My ' numbers' have started to creep up again so I am going to be given...