Hello blog lovers.
It's been a long while since I've blogged. The 17th of July to be exact! Somehow during a nights sleep I twisted of trapped or did something quite nasty to my back and I have been out of action for all this time.
The doctors has told me that I can start running again pretty soon, but that cycling is ok, (less impact on the back!) so my first day free from children and from pain in the lower back, I decided to go for a bike ride.
I got up early, ish, showered, went and got some cash out (the place where I am heading for lunch need £10.00 or over for card use) and then pottered about. I laid back on my bed, I sat up, I looked at facebook, I had breakfast. Anything but get ready to go for a bike ride! I just didn't think I could go that far by myself. And by far I mean up to London, Surrey Docks to be precise.
So after really telling myself to get a move on and get out there, I did! My bike pumped and ready, I got my new cycling top on and ready for the off. I stepped outside the house before I decided to do any of the housework, (and there was need of a tidy up) and headed off in the direction of London.
I just hoped I remembered the way. I am useless with directions. I wanted to go the way through the nice roads to get to Cator Park. Going through Beckenham High street is not nice, and then there's that horrible unmade road to ride on as well, nah, nah, nah! I am going to try and remember the way to go.
You guessed it! I got lost! Thank goodness for Maps for IPhone! That got me back on tract to Cator Park. Now I should (she says hopefully) find my way all the way to the River Thames!. Well, I got lost! Only slightly, due to the amount of silly roadworks and buildings. All those diversions just threw me. I didn't know whether I was coming or going!
But one thing I did notice. I wasn't worried. I wasn't bothered, I wasn't rushed or pressured or anything. I had my own agenda, no kids to be picked up from school runs, so I was just going to enjoy time in the saddle! I eventually go to where I was heading, and that was the Moby Dick for lunch! I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. I had a smile on my face virtually from the moment I left the house and I was feeling really good!
After lunch it was time to head back. I usually can remember the way back and everything went perfectly, no getting lost, even with those diversions. That is until I get back to Cator Park. I still wanted to head home the nice way, the way with less traffic! But I got lost! I just couldn't remember the way that Nagging Sister showed me.
In fact I ended up by going a completely different way than I did to get there! I climbed up a hill that I couldn't remember coming down and ended up at Crab Hill! So where did that come from? I tried to use my Map feature on my Iphone but it was just taking so long! So I tried another sort of navigational device, my brain! I sort of thought I lived in a particular direction and that was the way I was going to head, so you can image how I felt when rode up to a road that I knew! Relieved or what?! I took this road and then I started o remember exactly where this road leads to, and the road that I was going to have to go up! Oh no! Farnaby Road takes me to the bottom of a road near Shortlands Station. I was going to have to go up there. I really didn't feel as if I could do that hill and decided to take another road instead, and then to walk up through the park to the Churchill Theatre. From there I know each where to go!
I got to the park and I needed to use the loo, so there was only one thing to do, head for the nearest loo stop, which just happened to be Belgos! A quick pit stop, a little refreshment and I was ready to get home!
So who cares that it took me hours to enjoy my bike ride, who cares that it was slightly raining I certainly wasn't!
What a lovely day! I guess housework can still wait!