Posted by: brendaintheboro | December 31, 2021

Farewell 2021

It’s been a busy couple of weeks but not a huge amount of cycling. However, before Christmas I celebrated my 71st birthday. What did I do near the solstice? Well this ‘vintage’ woman camped out.

I have a very good cycle and camping friend who is as … what is the word… Bonkers!! The lovely C has her very own field and wood with a composting toilet that she built. I saw her painting a millennium mile post some weeks back and asked her if she fancied a night under the stars. Well, we didn’t see any stars but did have a great night of laughter despite the rain.

C pitching her tent
My new Alpkit Ordus 2 tent.

The new tent was quick and easy to erect and kept all of the rain out. It weighs less than 1.4Kgs including my home made ground sheet. I bought it for a present to myself and I have flights to go to Portugal at the back end of January 2022. Who knows what will happen tomorrow with rising Covid infections both her in the UK and Portugal but I live in hope.

Well wrapped up against the cold and wet

We enjoyed a lovely quiet Christmas hosting a few special guests and the weather was awful so we didn’t get in as many rides as I had hoped. Days and days of rain has resulted in rising river levels but the winds are also a bit unpleasant.

I have sorted out my equipment as I will be using my Dahon folding bicycle. I will be meeting up with an Irish lady friend who has a Brompton. We decided to use these bicycles as it will allow us greater flexibility if the weather or winds are a problem. It seems that the climate truly is changing far faster than has been predicted.

Dahon Speed TR

The yellow bag holds my tent and it was a little low so when I got back home I tried a different arrangement.

Holding the tent higher

The sun came out on Thursday so we got a nice ride in going to Darlington and taking roads we haven’t used previously in Darlington. Then we rode past the cafe in Sadberge but did not go in as we are both trying to loose the small amount of weigh we have gained at Christmas. From here , we rode the ups and downs to Great Stainton and on to Stillington before riding to Thorpe Thewles and home. That was a good 40 miles .

River Tees
The metal sheep in their Christmas outfits at Sadberge

Só , despite all the difficulties of 2021, we have managed to stay well.

Total distance cycled during 2021 is 4293 miles including our Golden Wedding tour and a trip to the Outer Hebrides. All in all a good year.


  1. Crikey, what does the bike weigh when it is loaded like that? I find it hard enough to pedal with just me on the bike.

    I am full of admiration or your ability to find fun in all weather. I hope that you get your trip.

    • It’s not as bad as it looks. The bike weighs 12 kgs and the total luggage is about the same. It’s just bulky in that rucksack. However, it will be easier for carrying around off the bike than multiple panniers. Actually, the rucksack weighs less than one pannier

      • You are well organised. 🙂

  2. I should have added: Happy New Year!

  3. Brenda, saw your loaded Dahon on FB but didn’t realize it was you! I can learn a lot from you.May 2022 shine light on your travels.

    • Thanks Annie . I am still learning too. Life is ever changing and we have to adapt.

    • Annie, do you have a blog? I would love thread of your travels

  4. Well done, and a Happy New Year to you.

    • I tried to comment on your blog Ilona but couldn’t get it to work. I saw you got your 1000 miles in and I loved your little embroidery

      • I did change the settings briefly, but it is now back to gooooogle accounts only.

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