A Picture Paints a 1000 Words

I took a few pictures whilst out on an evening ride this week. I managed to get out of work a few minutes early so that I had time for a quick 10 miles before the sun went down.

It was a clear evening so when the sun went down I still had enough time to push a couple more miles before the light faded.

Below are a selection of the best shots, some different angles and a slightly different route so I stopped off a couple of times.

This is why I go out, to see the views, to get fit as well, but mostly to have some time out and see the views.

Looking out towards Penistone

Looking out towards Penistone

As the sun goes down

As the sun goes down

The windmills in the sun

The windmills in the sun

Looking out towards Manchester

Looking out towards Manchester

And it's gone, the sun goes down.

And it’s gone, the sun goes down.

Ride Details

Distance: 10.9 miles

Time Taken: 54:04

Elevation Gain: 544ft

Average Speed: 12.1 mph

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Wet ‘n’ Wild

Today’s ride contained a couple of firsts for me. This is the first time I have been out when it has been really wet and windy, thanks mostly to our glorious summer this year I have managed to ride in relative calm, without getting wet.

The second is that I had to stop because I thought I was going to be sick. Not a nice one, but it’s the first time I’ve really pushed myself past my comfort zone and felt really bad for doing it. This came about because I put too much into a climb I have never attempted before and regretted it when I got to the top! Today is also the first day I have worn my newly purchased luminous yellow waterproof jacket, which was a god send with the weather.

I usually know where I am going to ride before I set off, at least the general direction I am heading in and how I might get myself back home without just turning round and going back the way I came. I also like to do a bit of a circuit so there are only a couple of routes in and out of where I live. In essence you either go up first or down first, I prefer to go up first so when you are a bit tired at the end it’s all down hill to home!

Today was a little different, with the weather not looking great I didn’t want to go too high up, the windmills would have just been a bit too wild for me today so I decided to just ride from home and see where the mood took me. At one point it was just going to be a lap of the village but I talked myself round and headed up towards “up top”, then changed direction to head down towards a nice off road track which is great but very narrow so if you meet anything coming the other way it can get a bit hairy, especially if it’s a horse!

I felt good as I approached the track which basically heads home, so I decided to carry on down the hill past the track and see where it took me. I then swung right along a road I’ve never been down, not even in the car, which led to a very steep but quite short up hill climb. And that’s what took it out of me, thinking it was easier than it was and putting far too much effort into getting to the top as fast as I could. It just took all of my energy and I was spent.

All I wanted to do was get home so I turned round, lungs burning feeling quite dizzy and a little sick. It helped that the first bit was a steep downhill section, then I had to ride back up the hill I had just ridden down to get back to the track. That’s where I had to get off the bike, take my helmet off and pray that I wasn’t going to be sick at the side of the road. It was close but I managed to keep everything down!

The rest of the ride was just a case of get home, no need for heroics or speed to beat PB’s on Strava for the track section, just get home in one piece to get dry and warm.

This wasn’t a long ride, it wasn’t really that tough, but with the weather and me wearing myself out somewhere I had never been before I made it more difficult than it should have been. In fact it took me as long to do this 6.7 mile ride as it did to do the 8.4 miles around the windmills last week.

Ride Details

Distance: 6.7 miles

Time Taken: 46:28

Elevation Gain: 441ft

Today’s photo’s show just how grim it was out there today, the weather actually turned worse once I got home so you could no longer see Emley Moor Mast at all.

Looking down towards home

Looking down towards home

Emley Moor Mast in the clouds

Emley Moor Mast in the clouds