A relaxing day out at the water.

09:02, Monday 27 August 2007 | Posted in My family and other animals
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That is what i was promised ... a relaxing day out.
Graz had this great idea that we load the car and spend the only sunny bank holiday monday we have had this year at Kielder Reservoir.  He proposed a picnic lunch and a quiet ride along the banks of the water on our bikes.  It sounded a very nice idea.

However what i hadnt really thought through was that this is a large body of water artificially dammed up in a steep valley.  A valley, by its very definition, is a low point in the landscape with higher land on either side.  In practice the problem with this (at least for a person riding a peddle powered vehicle) is that you dont ride along the low bits or along the high bits but you do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time (and effort) moving up and down between the two.

What i am trying to say, in a slighlty longwinded way is that it was VERY hilly and some of the steep uphills were real killers!  By the time we stopped for lunch my thighs were killing me and i wasnt entirely sure that i was going to manage cycling all of the way back!  In total we managed somewhere around the 6 mile mark which, in normal cycling terms, is just a little tootle out.  But with all of those climbs it felt like we had been at least twice that distance.

It did occur to me at one point that that there seemed to be a lot more uphills than there were downhills which, considering we started and finished in the same place, doesnt make a lot of sense - but sense is not always evident when you are trying to get up yet another hill and your legs dont want to go!

Anyway i survived and managed to take some nice snaps along the way.


Tiggs x






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