A great weekend for many reasons!

February 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

First of all, it was Valentine’s weekend and I had a fantastic time with my lovely hubby!

Finally the weather has improved and on Sunday it was dry, warm …ish and not windy: perfect for the first bike ride of the year!

I had forgotten how fantastic is to be out on the road, just enjoying the freedom of my bike! The new VFR is perfect, the right size, the right positino, the right power … I am so pleased I have another one! Now I am simply looking forward to better weather for more rides.

Hubby and I left home for a short ride as we were not sure how well my right wrist would behave as it was only the second time I had been out since last year’s accident and the first itme this year.

The final destination was Tunbridge Well for a nice cuppa, but the long way round. The ride took us on our local road – the B2096 Heathfield to Battle – towards Battle. We then picked up the A21 all the way to TW, for a mixture of nice long bends and some dual carriageway. We took it nice and easy, just over 30 miles in about 50 minutes.

I was riding in front at the start to set the pace at my own level. Hubby took over after a short while; it is always a pleasure to have him riding in front of me for several reasons: firstly and foremost I love watching him and he looks really sexy on the bike … but on a more serious note I always learn something new watching him, from the lines he takes to the way he overtakes, to his observations and lifesavers. A very useful reminder and refresher lesson on good riding!

My main worry was to feel pain in my wrist, as mentioned already, and general discomfort and back pain after not having been on the bike for so long … however not of it, the bike felt just perfect! The only minor hitch was some pain in my left wrist (bizarrely enough the ‘good’ one) every time I was pulling in the clutch.

Javabean, the coffee shop in TW high street we wanted to go, was shut (a real shame as they make fantastic coffee) so we ended up for a not so good pizza at Pizza Express. They were very very busy so that may have been the reason.

The return home was much more direct on the A267. Hubby rode at the front for most of the time, whilst I was lagging behind as by now my left wrist was really hurting at every gear change. Still hurting today … hopefully it will go soon.

Once arrived home, we went out for some more riding, of a different sort. We went down the Cuckoo trail with the push bikes to give the dogs a good run. We left Horam towards Polegate. Not sure how far we went, but we were out riding for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It was so nice not to have to rush around to get stuff done before dark as at 5 it was still nice a and bright!

I have completed the ribbed cashmere hat for my hubby and I am very pleased with it. As soon as I get a chance to take some pics I will upload them. On Saturday I was very lucky, hubby and I went to London to the theatre – we went to see The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie; really really good, a must see for anybody looking for something different from the usual musical – and as the journey is 1 20 minutes each way I progressed really well!

Once change I am pleased I made was to reduce the length before the decreases. The pattern called for 10 inches, however at 8 inches I felt it was long enough and I started the decrease rounds; the length is now perfect!

One thing I will definitely do different next time is to use circular needles where possible rather than DPNs throughout as the joining stitches between needles are very long and loose. Also, I was finding working with 6 needles very fiddling and time consuming!
All is left now is to give it a good wash!


Entry filed under: Biking, Knitting Projects, ribbed hat. Tags: , .

The ribbed hat is progressing … very slowly! Such along time!!!

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30 Something Italian living in England with a passion for bikes, knitting and gardening - 2008 was the first year of our veg patch!

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