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Great concept but…

Take a cafetiere and put inside a teapot. Great. Controls the brew perfectly.


Worst pouring teapot I have ever used


I hurt

Every muscle aches, especially the glutes on my left hip. Cramps in my left calf. 103 km in 4 hours 46 minutes.

On the descent from Chequers to Butlers Cross I set a new personal record for cadence at 159.

Hundreds of cyclists out on the roads today, some cyclosportif going on around the Chilterns

Buckinghamshire is enveloped by the smell of charred lamb.

Out for a good long cycle ride today, and not too bad a pace either. 71km in 3hrs 15 mins. Okay, not blindingly fast, but for me it was a good pace. Road were very quiet with a combination of people being away for the bank holiday weekend, and people taking advantage of a warm day after a miserable spell of weather to get the braai fired up.

Out past Chequers and on to Marsh and Stone, before turning south to Risborough and Wycombe. Then up through Hughenden to the Hampden Crossroads and back via Missenden to home. Very warm, and drank almost the full Camelbak.

Glorious day today, temperatures in the low 20s. Only down side was a strong wind from the south and east.

South towards Gerrard’s Cross and Beaconsfield and on down to the Thames at Taplow. Followed the Thames and stopped at Boulter’s Lock to have lunch. Continued following the river to Bourne End Then up through Wooburn to Wycombe. Up along the Risborough road to Bradenham then up through the woods to Naphill. On to Lacey Green and then back by way of Hampden and Missenden.

Went out of my way to do hills and managed to do all without stopping. Finally getting over the winter break. 78km at a poor 18.9km/hr, but given the hills and the headwind it’s probably okay.

Nice to be warm again

Arriva Buses.

‘Nuff said

Maybe, just maybe, we might be through the cold spell. Out walking around the south of the area yesterday and felt like I was wearing too many layers. Really warm in the sun, and not too much wind.

Out on the bike today. Only the second ride of the year and still taking it easy. Planned a quick run to Wendover and back, but still felt good at the end so added on a loop down to Gerrard’s Cross and Beaconsfield. In all that was just over 70km. Again quite warm – relatively speaking, compared to the bitter, icy weather of the last four weeks. Bit of wind out of the south today so a bit chilly in parts.

Lots of cyclists out on the road today – charity bike ride for a local hospice taking place around the area.

I was mistaken

Reports of the arrival of Spring may have been somewhat premature.

It’s f*$#ing freezing out there!

For various reasons I’ve had zero bike time over the winter. Partly that was down to work pressures, part was the terrible weather, but mostly down to an overwhelming lethargy that struck.

Time off work this week, and woke yesterday to glorious weather (though I had slept late and missed a chunk of the day). Warm sun from a cloudless sky. Made sandwiches, packed the saddlebag, and out for a short tour, over towards Aylesbury.

All day the roads were mobbed by cyclists, everyone out on the first good day of the year to cast off the winter cobwebs

Headed first to the Hampden Crossroads above Chequers, then on to Loosley Row. Stopped for a spot of lunch and made the first change of plan. I have been spending all my time over the last few years around the northern part of the Chilterns, and out across the Aylesbury Vale. I may be moving back to the south of the area soon [long story], so decided to make a detour to the area where I used to do my mountain-biking. South then, to West Wycombe. From there I thought that I could take a quick trip to the Chiltern Scarp for a view out across the Oxfordshire Plain, so on through Stokenchurch to Christmas Common. Very hazy here, but could just about make out Didcott Power Station on the horizon.

Back through North End to Turville and Fingest. The road through Turville is one of those bits of Buckinghamshire that was very obviously once a Carriage Way running through deer park as it approached the Big House.

Took a wrong turn past Fingest. Should have headed to Frieth. but ended up on a sod of a climb up to Bolter End. On a geared bike it would have been fairly easy, but on the fixie it was a real struggle. From there it was back to West Wycombe, then through High Wycombe to Beaconsfield before turning north and heading home.

Just shy of 100km in a rather slow four and a half hours, but since it’s my first outing on the bike for four months I think an understandably leisurely ride

Three days notice of this snow fall

Widespread warnings of Ragnarok-like conditions

Yet still the roads are untreated and cars are already being abandoned.

That’s real good service from Chiltern Council

Woke to blue skies and scattered clouds. Thought about getting out on the bike after I had finished some work around the house.

Turned the radio on and listened to a constant flow of reports of flooding and flood warnings around the country, and warnings that the bad weather would soon hit the south.

Went out walking instead, just wandering around town and close enough to the bus to be home quickly when the weather turned.

No rain. Annoyed that I missed a chance to get on the bike

Bit breezy, but otherwise a bright, sunny day. Did a fair bit of walking, maybe three hours in total. Found some nice little roads and paths that I haven’t noticed before, in all the time that I have lived here.

Made the mistake of wearing new shoes, so am now in blistered hell.

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