A Summer of Cycling - Part the Final!
A couple of years ago, I began posting about another hobby that complimented my scribble addiction - my adventures in cycling are still rolling along, courtesy of a neat little folding bike and my more robust mountain bike.
I say that it complements my writing because I do hold firm to the belief that as well as spending lots of time at the keyboard practising your art, it's healthy for a writer to also lift their head once in a while and get out and see what's out there... I also find that exercise, whether it's cycling or swimming or just a brisk walk, gets the old cogs of the mind turning and allows those seeds of ideas to germinate and those difficult plot points you've been mulling over to unwind themselves in your head so that when you sit back down at that illuminated screen, you feel refreshed and ready to get back to work on your tome...
So this is the third and probably final time I'm going to devote a whole blog post to my biking pastime, and for that reason I thought I'd recount not one, not two... but THREE epic cycle rides which I've been fortunate enough to take part in during 2015 (and again, I thought I'd let the photos tell the story, rather than me rambling on with my own words) - the first was when my wife and I decided to hire bikes on our American adventure this summer and we spent a day cycling around the 3 miles of Central Park. The second two-wheeled trek that my photos show below is a two-day 70 miles bike ride with friends from Newcastle Quayside to a small Northumbrian village called Bellingham (think "Brigadoon" on a sunny day! - there and back again) and the third is a day cycle around the Kielder reservoir (a 26-mile cycle with lots of trails and varied terrain, mostly man-made).