The other Saturday we went on a family bike ride somewhere slightly further afield. We have a number of maps with traffic free/off road cycle routes on them but we have never actually used any of them…and we failed to this time either.
Due to a late start on the day we decided to do the Stratford Greenway which is only about 30 minutes by car from us. The Greenway is one of several routes through Warwickshire based on old railway lines.
The Stratford Greenway links the village of Long Marston to the edge of Stratford upon Avon and then there is a further path that takes you pretty much into the centre of Stratfod itself along the route of the canal/river.
One way in is the furthest the Boy has ever cycled… there and back plus the extra to get you into the centre of Statford is the furthest that I have been recently…. So in one afternoon’s ride all 3 of us established a personal best for distance of 13 miles…impressive for the Boy, not exactly impressive for me… I should be doing further by now but I am not going to beat myself up over it.
The ride itself was lovely an scenic, at the time (middle of October) Autumn was all around us in its full glory which sadly I forgot to document as I was too busy trying to catch up with the Boy who kept haring off up the trail as he was just loving the fact that he could move freely without having to worry about cars…he also loved the fact the trail goes past the racecourse and that there was a race going on… you could see the horses from the trail.
Once in Stratford I was scared in the traffic but more for the Boy than for me. He of course was completely calm and unworried despite the fact he was weaving all over the place… never crossing his mind that the cars might not see him as well as he could see them.
Our short trip turned into a slightly longer visit though as the Man remembered that not only was the rugby on but Wales were playing so we found a pub and watched our team lose…
2 hours later the light levels had fallen dramatically so we headed back down the trail in the crepuscular light, finally getting a first chance to use our lights… it was cold but fun…and I for one was more than happy that it was a traffic free trail.
I was however totally wiped out the next day managing only some sporadic house tidying avoiding both my bike and the gym. The last session of my current gym programme is next Saturday so I will try and catch up during the week before my gym review on Saturday.