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According to my blog, the last day I cycled was October 16. It’s quite a long time, huh. So I decided to kick myself out of my cozy nest and have a ride. It was March 21, when I decided to visit my Latvian friends in Mickleover. The morning was coldish and I knew that all the way to Mickleover I will have to cycle uphill. That was quite a big challenge, especially because of the fact it was my first day of cycling. My bike computer didn’t work, because the computer wire was damaged. And it is only natural that you can’t expect a miracle, if you lend your bicycle for someone else. It took me a little more than usual to reach Mickleover. I cycled cautiously (AKA slowly) and also uphill wasn’t a piece of cake. At least the way back was easy and fast enough. Altogether I cycled a little more than 10 km.

Photo: Martin Fisch (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The next week I had a visitor, my friend Ella. She really likes shopping and that is of a great value, because in a very magical way she always manages to find something also for me. I got really nice shoes, a dress and some nice cardigans for the summer time. So the first day we did a shopping marathon until all our money was gone. As the result it was crystal clear that on March 28 we’re going to cycle. The weather was really great – warm and sunny. So I took Ella to the Elvaston Castle. We cycled a little more than 20 km. It was her first cycling day, so I really admire her endurance and avanturistic spirit.

Ella's visit to Elvaston Castle

These two days of cycling are my first steps to a bigger goal. I have made a decision – this season I’m going to cycle to Loughborough (40 km in one way). I almost did it the previous time (in August), but I run out of water and got confused in finding the right way. So this year I’m going to prepare better: 1) I will prepare a proper map (it wasn’t really reasonable to try to find the way just like that; however, it was a spontaneous ride without knowing I’m going to cycle a long distance, so eventually it was a great adventure); and 2) I will take plenty of water and food with me. But first, I need to practice on a little shorter cycle routes. 🙂


A ride to Chaddesden

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Up to 19 km
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I’m a little sentimental today. Maybe it’s because I’m listening to Latvian classic popular music and some of the singing festivals’ songs. Sun, Thunder, Daugava is a really great song. Every time I’m singing it, I feel touched:

Well, maybe the topic of Latvian folk singing came into my blog just because on Saturday I had a Latvian choir concert in Rowfant House near London Gatwick Airport. And I sang a lot!

Anyway, the main point is – I haven’t cycled since ages (since 14th of August to be exact). And today I finally did it! A day was really warm and sunny (+17 degrees Celsius). So I managed to get back on my bike. Funny enough, I was cycling in my tight jeans skirts. I felt just like Poppy of the Happy-Go-Lucky (it has 7.0 rating on IMDb). You will understand what I’m talking about, if you have watched this cheerful film.

Today I cycled for one hour and five minutes and managed a distance of 12,7 km. My average speed was 11,7 km per hour and maximum – 27,8 km per hour. Aha, I enjoyed a slow ride through the city.

This time I cycled to Chaddesden, locally known as Chad. It’s a large suburb of Derby. I just followed the cycle path downstream along the River Derwent. After I reached Pride Park Stadium, I crossed the river and went on exploring Chad. Unintentionally I stumbled upon a really nice recreation ground in the middle of Sussex Circus. Of course I took a chance and swung for a while. Afterwards I cycled back to the city center via Darley Abbey.

I must admit, it was a nice ride. October in UK is a suitable month for cycling.

Good morning!

I am up, luckily! So it’s almost 5 a.m. and in couple of minutes I need to go to the bus. Ella and I are going to Manchester. It will be our first New Professionals Conference. We are looking forward to new experience and impressions.

Yesterday I cycled for one hour and twenty-eight minutes and managed a distance of 22,5 km. My average speed was 15,2 km per hour, but the maximum – 32,8 km per hour. Because of this ride I missed my bus to Birmingham (where I spent my night), so I needed to take the one which goes two hours later.

During my little cycle tour I visited the Trent & Mersey CanalSinfinLittleover and I returned back passing by the Normanton Park. So I again I used the National Cycle Network No. 66 and National Cycle Network No. 6.

See you later! Gotta go… 🙂