Today was actually very similar to yesterday (apart from the wind direction), so to save some time, I’m not going to bother describing the ride… If you feel like you’ve been short-changed, perhaps read yesterday’s update again.
I do however have some advice for any men planning a cycling trip with a woman… Today I saw a couple riding a tandem. Well I say riding; the bloke on the front was riding, the woman on the back was ‘sitting’. She was actually on her phone.
Now in her defence, she could have been looking at directions, but even if this was the case, the fact that women are supposedly able to multi-task renders this an invalid excuse…
So – Men, if you do go on a tandem cycle-tour, make sure you frequently check your partner is pedalling. This is of course assuming you’re on the front – which you should be. I’d also like to point out that a mirror is not acceptable on a bike, even if you are using it to keep tabs on a slacking co-pedaller. Unlike cars, you can actually see round a bike by simply turning your head.
In other news, I spent a considerable part of the day playing leap-frog with a pair of hitchhikers. I think I passed them 4 times in total but I’m not sure whether they ended up in front or behind me. I did offer them a lift, but thankfully they declined.
Lastly, some bird watching: I saw a Golden Eagle today. I was actually quite impressed with myself because I knew what it was. I have since discovered that they’re not very rare and it’s probably not even worth mentioning; the bird lovers won’t be impressed and normal people won’t give a sh*t.
Distance: 107 miles / 172.2 km
Riding Time: 7:38:45
Av. Speed: 14.0 mph / 22.5 kph