Plenty on workwise this week and a promise to help spring clean the river Tees paths has kept the mileage down this week. We did get out and about early in the mornings though and now we have gone to British Summer Time again, the mornings are dark again. So its back to having plenty of lights on to be seen by early traffic that doesn’t expect to see cyclists out at 6.00am.
It was joyous to be out and hear the dawn chorus as we rode along either to go to the river or up to Ladgate lane , so nothing very adventurous I am afraid.
On Saturday morning we met up with a small group to clear up rubbish along the paths. I realised I wouldn’t be able to hold on to a rubbish bag as it grew heavier, so I took my trailer along so I could ride along and pick up sacks that others had retrieved. In the bushes the remains of an old bike had been dumped but N said he would take it , as he is planning to make a pedal powered boat and bits that he needed were still intact. Recycling, I love it. I am hoping he gets it made this year and on the water.
We also found a fire extinguisher that was actually retrieved from the river. There were also 16 sacks of rubbish mainly cans and bottles . In the Netherlands and Germany these would go back to the shops to be recycled and give tokens to be spent in the shop. It is noticeable that the number of plastic bags that were discarded is much less since the plastic bag charge started for supermarkets and larger businesses. I do hope that they will start a deposit scheme for cans and bottles and I cam sure we would see a drop in the detritus.
I recall going to kayak in Poland in 1989, just after the Berlin wall came down and Poland became free of communist control. There was very little in the way of rubbish in the streets and rivers 1. because they had so little 2. the Poles are very inventive when it comes to using everything. However, after the US companies came in, the amount of rubbish – bottles , cans etc became so much more evident. It was very sad to see.
Anyway. I digress. Here are a couple of photos of our little group.
Miles this week 67 YTD 624miles