A chilly week off

I had this week off work and had hoped to get a couple of long rides in, but it has been absolutely freezing all week. It’s been a good week nonetheless. I recently bought a Garmin Etrex 32x with the hope of navigating myself round some new uncharted territory but so far all I’ve done with it is fiddle around and get the navigation settings working to my liking. Hopefully use it in anger on a century or two once it gets a bit warmer.

I did a nice 14 mile walk over the Moorfoot hills on Monday. The wind chill on the hill tops was unbelievable for this time of year. A wee bit of hail and snow, and still some snow on the ground in places.

Look at the sky though – cracking weather!

A couple of slightly shorter walks with the family in between, and then some cycling towards the end of the week. I’ve been out a couple of times on the Fuego and reminded myself of just how nice it is to have rear suspension on the terrible quality roads I ride. I did the Innerleithen loop twice at the weekend – once on the Fuego on Friday…..

…. and then again on Saturday on the M5, going the other way. I regretted that, as the 7 mile descent down to Innerleithen was in shadow, and it was just above freezing point. My tootsies didn’t recover till I got back home. Raynauds is a real pain. The sharp eyed will notice my new handlebar setup. I’ll be posting more about that soon.

We got a quick blast round Clovenfords on the tandem today as well, just to finish the week off. Back to work tomorrow unfortunately. A nice week’s activity.

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