Heptonstall and Widdop Walks

Maisie and Mal were up for the weekend and we fancied a stroll so we drove up to Heptonstall with Lisa and walked part of the way towards the top of Colden Clough via Lumb Bank, then retraced our footsteps and walked through the woods to Hell Hole Rocks, round the top of the quarry and back to Heptonstall for lunch at the Towngate Tearooms cafe.
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“You’re Nicked!” – Another Hilly Waddington Ride

I did another CycleChat forum ride to Waddington today with Alun, Gordon (‘OldnSlow'), Steve (‘Steve H'), Dave (‘potsy') and Colly. We had a good day for it – a bit windy, but nice and sunny and comfortable temperatures.
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4 Strolls To Heptonstall

I haven't bothered to post about 3 recent strolls to Heptonstall since there wasn't much to say about them other than that I did them, and that I've been feeling better each time. I walked up the hill ‘the long way round' with Lisa again today and had a coffee stop with her there before walking back down the hill to the shops. Lovely sunny conditions again, but terribly windy! April has been the warmest and driest in this area since records began. That probably means that we will have a dreadful summer again, but I hope not – I'd love this good weather to last 6 months to lift my spirits and prepare me for next winter.

I've finally got the strength back in my legs. I have no idea what the mystery bug was but it made me feel weak and wobbly without ever developing into a full-blown cold or dose of ‘flu.

I still have the wheezy chest, but it isn't causing me any major problems unless I really try to push myself, at which point I start to run out of breath.

I need to get back on the bike and do a serious ride. Fortunately – I have one of those lined up for tomorrow with my CycleChat pals! We are doing another ride to Waddington and back. I've extended the route somewhat since the last time we did it. We'll be taking in the Nick o'Pendle and Bashall Eaves this time. That adds quite a bit of extra climbing and extends the route to 104 km or 64.5 miles.

A Little Ride To Test My Lungs

I'm slowly getting my strength back from the mystery bug a.k.a. the snotless cold! I'm so used to having a runny nose when I have a cold that it feels really odd not to have one when many of the other cold symptoms are there.

I waited until my pulse rate and my temperature settled back down to normal, and the jelly-legs feeling had gone. I waited a few days more to be on the safe side but then I could stand being cooped up on sunny days no longer…
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Spring Into The Dales 2011 – Bad Lungs Stopped Play!

I'm not a happy bunny! We are having one of the sunniest, driest and warmest Aprils on record and I'd been looking forward to doing another fantastic Spring Into The Dales audax ride today with my forum pals from CycleChat.

Unfortunately, I came down with a chest infection during the week and am now a wobbly-legged, wheezing bloke with a sore throat. This seems suspiciously like the bug that fellow CC member Pennine-Paul was just getting over on our forum ride last weekend, so I wonder if I have caught it off him. I was certainly riding in close proximity to him a few times when he was coughing!
one of the best SITDs so far, and I missed it!

Walking The Dog – Withens Clough Reservoir

It was a lovely sunny day and I hadn't seen my pal Carrie for a long time so I invited her over for a walk and she brought her dog Buster with her. He looks like a cross between a Jack Russell, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and maybe something else as well. A very nice-natured dog, and one bursting with energy. He's still quite young and can run for hours, as I was about to discover …
Buster runs a marathon!

Hebden Bridge Cycling Loops

I'd arranged a different kind of CycleChat forum ride for today. Normally we do one loop with a cafe stop somewhere in the second half. That's great for people who want to do the full distance, but it obviously puts off people who would rather do a shorter ride. Today's ride was going to be two main loops with an optional short 3rd loop with a ‘killer hill' on it.

Loop 1 was 28 miles and loop 2 was 22 miles, making a nice total of 50 miles with a total of about 5,500 ft of climbing (80 km & 1,700 m).
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Broken or Cracked Bicycle Cranks!

This is a Cyclists' Safety Warning!

*** Make sure that you regularly check the cranks on your bikes for damage ***

(A crank breaking could cause a very serious accident, as I'm sure you can imagine …)
I have a reason for mentioning this!