I’ve just totted up my mileages for the year excluding the few times I’ve ridden on the tandem with DH, and it amounts to 3788 miles. I still need to get a cycle computer on my mountain bike but have zeroed the odometers ready for 2014 mileage.
Looking back, it was a good year although we had a poor spring and our Easter trip didn’t materialise due to snow. By May , it did start to warm up and we were able to complete our abandoned trip of 2012. This took in the East riding of Yorkshire and was very enjoyable.
We didn’t go away for the late May bank holiday but early June saw us boarding a train with cycles and camping equipment for Inverness. We cycled over the Highlands to Durness and enjoyed a beautiful if grueling ride to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath. The track is very rough and we still say that the smoothest parts were the cattle grids.
Cycling down to Ullapool enabled us to cross to the Outer Hebrides and we had a very enjoyable experience riding down through the islands to Barra. Croft 183 was probably the best campsite of the whole trip.
Crossing back to the mainland at Oban enabled us to cycle down to the Kintyre peninsula, onto the isle of Aran and then homeward via South West Scotland. The weather broke so we hopped a train home.
A couple of days later, good weather meant a short solo cycle camping for me. It makes me feel quite brave doing that.
August saw me off with my older son on a 6 day cycle camping trip to Lincolnshire. He still speaks of it fondly so I can’t have been too much of a slave driver even on the 70+ mile day.
We have also been active as Sustrans volunteers helping in both Stockton and Saltburn as well as our home town. This has given the incentive to go out and be active both cycling and working on projects.
This year we celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary and this shows what we looked like way back then.
Here’s to another good year in 2014. Happy New Year