I have been freezing all morning and most of the afternoon due the heating not working! But that has all been rectified now, (I should say that very quietly, just in case things go awry) So after the guys managed to fix my boiler, even though there is still a temporary fix on some part of it, my house is finally warming up! And me and the Old Boy decid to leave the comfort of our home, with our boiler happily heating up our radiators, water, our home and our spirits and go for a shortish bike ride. ARE WE STARK STARING CRAZY!?
I think so too! It's this whole keep fit malarkey, once you start, you just don't want to stop! It needs to be kept going!! Otherwise the whole year behind is wasted, the money we spent of running and cycling goods, wasted! The effort wasted! No! we are not crazy, just determined.
We were only going to go for about ten miles today, local, stay near home. But by 6:30 we were still sitting, wrapped up in blankets, still talking about it. So with a determined effort we went up stairs to get changed, and put layers and layers on, to keep the cold away.
It was bloomin freezing!! On my goodness. I was so glad we were only doing a short ride. because even that is going to take about an hour, and being out for an hour, riding in this, is going to really chill me down. Just hope the temp fix on my boiler lasts at least until tomorrow!! It's going to take that long to thaw out.
We rode up to Princess Plain and the Old Boy said that we will ride to Chislehurst, I was thinking "Mmm the Tigers head", but quite frankly, I would refuse! There is no way I'm sitting outside after riding all that way, drinking a cold lager! I may like my lager, but I like my toes, and fingers and my nose, all of which I'm pretty attached to! I don't want any freezing off!
We arrived at Greenstreet Green, I'm sure in record time for me, and my bike then started to have 'issues' with the gear shifting thingy! It refused to go into top gear, and even took it's time shifting into gear after I had pushed it over!! Very strange indeed. The OB thinks it might be the cables, after all, things happene to metal in winter, it shrinks or something, so it could need adjusting.
Anyway, this is where the OB told me that we are going straight up to Crittals Corner, and not going up to Knol rise! Oh well, we're out now, I don't suppose its going to be much different! So onwards and upwards. Still freezing my ass off, and now my hands were hurting. My superduper new gloves are not working very well, and my feet are freezing, they feel like lumps of ice stuck on the peddles, and who remembers 'ice cream headaches' because that what I feel like I have, every so often!
I can't wait to get home now, definitely not stopping for any pint, in fact not stopping for anything, I just need to get home now.
I didn't think about anything else from about Crittals Corner onwards, I just wanted to get home, get into my (hopefully) warm house, and have a nice cuppa! But just as we were riding up towards Pettswood the OB pulled up at the kerb. His pocket was opened and he felt he had lost things from it. And he did! It was the little tyre irons that had fell out, but while we were looking for them I tried to walk, oh my goodness, I am sure my feet had become frozen solid. My toes refused to bend now, my thumbs were numb and my fingers were hurting!
Yet still, we did not ride straight home! We went through Jubilee park, down Blackbrook Lane and then through our park!
A good ride, a freezing ride, and ........... our heating is working!!