Cycling. Once upon a time Tim and I used to do a lot of cycling – covering many miles for fun and the odd cycle event. We thought now would be a good time to get back on the road and get our cycling legs back. Certainly, with our quieter roads, cyclists are a lot less vulnerable.
Saturday 10th April 2020
Its been at least two or maybe three years since we have been out on our bikes. Our walking/hiking adventures kind of took over. Having had some time to reflect on happy carefree times we thought we should dust the bikes down and pump up the tyres.
We had two mid-week test rides, just to get back into the swing of things, then off we went to go a bit further on Saturday.
Leaving the village we passed several families all on their bikes – some with small children. They can experience cycling on the road for the first time in relative safety. Go for it I say. It may never be this peaceful again.
Close to the coast we can follow a ‘coast road’ all the way around our lovely county of Norfolk – where it meets the sea. Usually at Easter everyone starts to get out and about and cycling can be hazardous. Not so today. It was so quiet. All the small car parks which have access to the sea are closed. All the waterways and scenic spots deserted. We reached Horsey Mill and sat for a moment.
Onwards we cycled along the middle of the road (just because we could) to the seaside village of Sea Palling. Normally a magnet for those wanting a bit of beach time…all year round. Generally it’s heaving on sunny days. We cycled through and spotted ‘Go Home’ signs on car windscreens. The message was working – the place was deserted.
Inland we passed a field of highland cattle and other mixed breeds. We couldn’t help but stop here to admire these animals – unfortunately for them they had no real shelter from the warm sun and looked a bit hot in their fur coats.
Cycling through the other villages on the way home we passed people sitting in their front gardens. We waved, they waved back. Happy to see other people.
The main road that we followed near the end of our journey is one we haven’t cycled on for years. It’s just so busy and can be dangerous. Less so at the moment.
So we managed to get a good bit of exercise.
Everyday we thank our good fortune – for where we live and our good health. We hope to do some more cycling over the next days, weeks, months….