Its hard to get out on the bike after a full day working – especially hard manual work like Gardening!!! But it all comes together and gives me a big smile once I settle in and start turning the pedals. I push a lawn mower up and down slopes all day most days and now fit the bike training inbetween cuts! I definitely feel like the ride is tougher but the benefits are greater. I appreciate the quietness of the mountain after the howl of the strimmer! I love the freedom and being alone too after work mates and being at one with the world.

Yesterday I went out to climb, on my way up to BarmeImage I discovered a new climb up towards Signal du Bonavaux. I noticed a small track off my normal ride and decided to investigate further. It began steeply and I was concerened it maybe like this all the way. After a short push up through the trees I discovered a steady inclining gravel road (Top of the Granny ring incline!)

 

Well as I arrived at each hairpin I decided to go another and another and another for 7 kms! the ride and views and tranquility were breathtaking. I took a short rest at the end of the track and noticed a footpath descending back through the trees. Amazingly tech and to die for. I had to dismount on a few really exposed tight corners but it was worth it and the tough day at the coal face paled into insignificance. The smile was a mile ride and has given me the riding buzz back! Tomorrow more of the same and the future too please…

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