The Grand Tour: Fife and Beyond

Ramblings of an inveterate cyclist

Today the weather was very quiet as I set out for Strathkinness, I was in no hurry and there seemed to be little headwind as I climbed out of Strathkinness for Knock Hill. By then the clouds bubbled up and there was a couple of short showers that really came to nothing. A big Weeeeeeeeeeeee down the hill and into Pitscottie, as soon as I turned at the crossroads I felt the wind on my back and much stronger than I had thought, so a nice easy pedal home.

The consensus of opinion seems to be that coronavirus will be so suppressed to an extent that by August we will be kissing and cuddling once more, although from what I saw of the student’s party, just across the road from me last night, such naughtiness is already in vogue.

Europe is still catching up but maybe by next Spring April-May, things will be much the same there too. So, with my itchy feet playing up again, I am starting to think again about that European trip, that was knocked on the head over Coronavirus, and I had thought this time last year that the dream was over forever.

Lockdown had really done great things for my bankbook, hardly spent anything at all, certainly no expensive purchases. As for new clothes, not much point really, as mum always said

“It doesn’t matter what I put on you, you still manage to look like an orphan from the storm”

The sale of the van also help to bring in another £1500.00 (and of course no tax or insurance expenditure) which now it may be possible to take a trip using public transport, and cheap flights (to hell with global warming) to get to the areas I wish to travel in and a folding bike once there, hopefully using (the equivalent of) youth hostels over there. These places are very basic and normally full of young students kicked out of college and universality for the summer hols, intent on having a good time until all hours of the morning, but I’m sure I will survive, I have before.

Although I have been out on the bike a fair bit, you would hardly call it cycle touring, so I have decided to put in a bit of effort and distance between now and Spring, (and lose a bit of weight) which is much easier when you have a goal and date to aim at.

Keep safe.  

2 thoughts on “ A Long Term Goal.

  1. Brenda Lewis says:

    Sounds like a plan Take care Brenda

    On Sun, 9 May 2021, 12:44 pm The Grand Tour: Fife and Beyond, wrote:

    > threewheelsonmywaggon posted: ” Today the weather was very quiet as I set > out for Strathkinness, I was in no hurry and there seemed to be little > headwind as I climbed out of Strathkinness for Knock Hill. By then the > clouds bubbled up and there was a couple of short showers that really ” >

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  2. I have been plotting the 7 Areas I want to travel in Holland, the fieskaloop (Cycleways) checking on friends of the bike and trains between areas, all takes time but well worth the effort if you want a carefree ride. Ferries are mostly cancelled so will not be able to book until after coronavirus is under control. I defiantly want to travel from Dover to Boulogne Sur-Mer, then catch a train to Bruges, around 70 miles. There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Boulogne-sur-Mer Ville to Bruges (Brugge) and tickets for this journey start from €36.10 when you book in advance. so I know that part having done it before. It is still early in the year and if coronavirus starts to settle down and travel restrictions are lifted I may try September October for a couple of weeks this year, itchy feet. I have checked with friends of the bike, they are taking people in but very limited at present only two max, and restrictions in place, but that could all change by Autumn. I see there are some recitals in the Grot and Almmar in September which would be an added bonus. Feeling good, I was up a scots Tower today, very windy out but damn near freewheeled all the way home. Keep safe, Walter.

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