Today was hard.. very hard. Once again the beginning, middle and end varied hugely but I’ll do my best to sum it up quickly – I have a pressing engagement with my bed..
The 1st and 2nd hours were probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done; on or off the bike. It was snowing, it was predominantly uphill and my knee was agony. Before setting off on this trip, people often asked me “do you really think you’ll be able to do it” and I replied with “I’ll walk round if I have to”. I never thought I’d come as close as I did to making that statement true. I had to go to a pretty dark place to get through that and I seriously hope I don’t have to put up with anything like that again.
Anyway, moving onto brighter topics, the next 5 hours passed by easily in comparison. My knee still hurts but the pain eased up enough for me to relax. The rain held off and the scenery also got more interesting. I’d also like to take this time to apologise for the fact that these updates have been less than cheery the last couple of days, and as soon as my sense of humour returns I’ll hopefully be able to add some amusement into them.
I’m being joined by my Dad tomorrow so things are looking up! (including the temperature!)
Statistics and things:
Distance: 101.46miles / 161.7km
Riding Time: 6:51:08
Av. Speed: 14.7mph / 23.5kmh