Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 18, 2019

Resting up – well almost

I have been having a bit of trouble in my knee. Its an old injury , sustained while coming down Park Rash on a  Dahon folder, pulling a trailer full of camping gear. This is the bike and trailer a couple of years ago.WP_20150801_09_16_51_Pro

 

The road had been newly surfaced with tarmac and in the wet , it was so slick that the trailer was jack-knifing. I had to get off and walk down and that’s how I got the injury.

Then we had put in over 900 miles on our recent trip and the knee problem was exacerbated. When out  last weekend, I pulled a muscle in the calf of the other leg so I took anti -inflammatory tablets until yesterday. I wasn’t feeling too bad so decided to risk a ride.

DS1 planned a route to a little café he knows and uses when the Cycling UK Teesside group go out . So I was willing to try the route , knowing I have spare battery and didn’t have to push myself. Well, I am pleased to report , I managed the 39miles without a problem and in fact the  muscle pull is now so much better. Here’s hoping I don’t jinx myself.

We went across to Neasham  via Yarm, Kirklevington and Girsby to visit the Mustard Tree which is a café in the local Methodist church. I have to say they make a nice fruit scone and lovely hot chocolate.

The weather was sunny and warmish  but the strong wind took the edge off the sun. Still , who are we to complain. On the return journey, we had a following wind so I had to stop to take a long sleeved top off as  I was beginning to overheat.

When we came back , we went along through Middleton St George and across the runabout with  the A67 . This road has long been blocked off except to cyclists and we had a lovely chance encounter.

This petrol driven bicycle is 55 years old and one of the ladies remembered riding one just like it in the South of France when she was a girl. They had chosen this traffic free path for her to try and ride it. After some chat we carried on through Elton and home.

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The motor and petrol tank are on the front and apparently, it will go 100 miles on that tiny tank of fuel.

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On the other side was a spare fuel can!!

The old and new alongside each other. The e-bike is heavy but the old one I couldn’t even lift at all.

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So only 39 miles but so good to be on the bike. YTD3064 miles.

if all goes well, we will have a short trip next weekend. Lets hope for OK weather.

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  1. My oldest sister had a rotary petrol motor that fitted on the wheel of her bike in the fifties.


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