Yesterday I re-found my connection with Apollo Fever. We had a beautiful ride to Weston-on-Trent and Aston-on-Trent. Actually it is one of the intermediate level cycle routes offered by Cycle Derby which I found in Derby City Library.
Weston is a small rural village situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal. It contains a few buildings of historical interest and a couple of pubs.
Aston is a historical village dating back to at least 1086, which is its earliest recorded entry in the documentary book. It is a thriving village with good amenities including post office, shop, two pubs, two churches, school and sport ground.
I started my ride from the Riverside Gardens at the rear of the Council House and went down the River Derwent keeping the river to my left. I followed the cycle path until I reached Alvaston Park and turned right at the sign for National Cycle Network No. 6 to Swakerstone (a village and civil parish in Derbyshire). And I followed the cycle route.
Here I realized how easy it was to follow our leader (the pathfinder Mace) without thinking which turn you should choose. I’m glad I managed to read the map, even though I needed to stop several times. I crossed several bridges, took a mixture of off-road routes along National Cycle Network paths and some quite roads. The ride was mainly flat, but there were short sections of steep hilliness.
I had a short break at the Moorbridge Riding Stables (a riding school in Swarkestone) where I did some calls to all of my friends I miss so much. Yes, I called you, you, you and even you.. 🙂
The weather was amazingly good and warm. So when I returned back to the cross-road where I needed to decide to take my way back to Derby or prolong my adventure, I decided to do the second option. So I turned onto National Cycle Network No. 66 and cycled to Mickleover (a suburb of Derby) via Sinfin (a southern suburb of Derby, but historically it was a separate village) and Littleover (a suburb of Derby), where I visited my exile Latvian friends who were hungry for stories of Cycling for Libraries. Tomorrow I’m going to have a coffee morning at their place, so will be busy and having a good time.
Oh, by the way I visited Mickleover Library and it is situated on a really interesting road – Holly End Road.
In total I cycled for three hours and twenty-three minutes and managed a distance of 47,8 km. My average speed was 14,1 km per hour and maximum – 29,1 km per hour. Not to confuse you – I started my adventure shortly after 2 p.m. and I returned home only after 10 p.m.
P.S. I wonder will I ever stop dreaming of Cycling for Libraries.
P.S.S. What are your plans for Midsummer?