Posted by: brendaintheboro | December 31, 2019

Goodbye 2019

I had hoped to go out day but there was a very heavy frost that never lifted the entire day. I seem to be getting a bit of sense now I have entered my 70th year eeeek!!!!!!!


We did get a ride in yesterday which was surprisingly warm with some sunshine. DH wanted to ride up the Castle Eden walkway as he thought it would have dried out. No such luck and it was very muddy – clarty is a northern word for it. So when we got up to Station Town we made the decision not to head on to Hartlepool as that would have been more clarty paths.

In my previous life I was familiar with the roads around there so we turned tight and headed off to the Trimdons. There are various villages  Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Station and Trimdon village that go by the name of the Trimdons. If you know anything about British politics you may recognise this as the place that Tony Blair represented. Very surprisingly , recently they voted in a Tory representative. I hope they do not live to regret the decision.

From here we carried on to Sedgefield and stopped at the church to have some hot chocolate. Duh! I had packed everything but our mugs. Still I was able to use the small flask cup. DH didn’t bother. We had a nice chat with a pedestrian who admired our bikes and wanted to know more about them.

Then we rode past the race-course and carried on towards Great Stainton before turning off to ride to Bishopton and home. The distance was a little over 45 miles.

So I decided to give a few stats from Komoot.

During the whole of 2019 I rode 209 times that I recorded. I know there were a couple of times I forgot to turn it on, so I rode for over 452 hours. The mileage was 4,752 miles with a total elevation of 147,200ft. The countries I rode in were England , Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway.

I am so pleased I bought my e-bike when I did as despite a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis in my right knee, I can continue to pedal away. Here’s to 2020. Have a great New Year everyone.


  1. 5000 miles next year? I agree about turning 70 and not wanting to fall off. It may feel a bit wimpish but you know it makes sense. Over 70s just don’t bounce like they used to.

    Hats off to you and a good new year.

    • I hope to get 4500miles in – if I get 5000 miles that would be great but I am still working 4 days a week so might not have the time.

  2. Happy New Year Brenda!

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