I have been going out a few times this week. Wet, grey, windy and cold, but its good to be back on the bike.
The great thing about cycling in Yorkshire is that you can be greeted by cyclists going the otherway with:
It beats ‘hi’ anytime. There is always a bit of debate about the cycling etiquette of acknowledging fellow riders going the other way. In the days when cycling was a minority sport, the rarity of the occasion made it easier to do. Nowadays it would be hard work to greet every cyclist on the road. Maybe when I go back down south I will try greeting every cyclist with ‘Ey Up’ and see how it goes down.
Given the long time off the bike, fitness has evaporated and I’ve lost some muscle mass on the legs. I must be a bit slower than usual, because I got overtaken a couple of times. That’s not so common on training rides.
Still it was good to make it all the way to Grassington. I like cycling at this time of the year. There is a raw beauty of winter, plus the Dales is a lot quieter. The main drawbacks to December cycling are the weather and the fact that by 3.30pm it’s getting dark.
The village of Linton.
Looking north towards Grassington.