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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim


Miles travelled today: 8
Miles travelled so far: 48½ (1712½ from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 529½

Percentage complete: 8%

Point reached on journey: We reached the road to the Deeping Coomb and turned south to Helm’s Deep.




Where I really went...

I pushed on a bit further today and cycled along the old railway track to Abergwynant and back. Legs were a bit more wobbly this time on arrival home, but still not too bad and I did ride out into a head wind and coming back did some faster 'sprints' and actually overtook four other cyclists!!!! Very slow ones, but still. :)

I was going to try to record my speed, but I got distracted by the neighbour when I arrived back and forgot to look at my watch. Next time I'll take the stop watch then all I have to do is stop it.

If I get chance, I'll do that ride again over the weekend, then next week I'll extend the distance a little further to the picnic point three-quarters of a mile further on along the trail. I used to regularly cycle to that point, a distance of 9½ miles. From there, it shouldn't be too difficult to take a whole day and reach my goal of cycling all the way to Barmouth. At least that is the plan...

Current Mood: calm calm

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jhetley From: jhetley Date: May 19th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That "forgetting to check my watch" thing is why I have a bike computer. But beware, that way lies mileage obsession.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 20th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... I don't want to start getting obsessed by mileage.

The whole walking to Mordor thing is just supposed to be a bit of fun, a way of making the routine excercise, which mostly consists of walking or cycling the same routes over and over again, a bit more interesting.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: May 19th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to overtake other cyclists, once upon a time, long, long ago.

In a different time, when I knew what a bicycle was.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 20th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
These were two separate pairs of cyclists who were very slow and I had the option of falling in behind and pootling along more slowly than I wanted or putting on a spurt and passing them.

Usually it's me that gets passed by fit men on bikes who leave me in the dust. :)
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: May 20th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to calculate my ability to overtake a cyclist by the cross-section of their calf muscles. If it's triangular, leave well alone. If it's oval - go for it!! I've ground many over-ambitious young kiddies into the dust that way, probably destroying their ambitions and self-belief forever.

These days, I get overtaken by flabby gits on mountain bikes. Which is just soul-destroying. What goes around comes around, I fear...
green_knight From: green_knight Date: May 19th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for a nice trip and overtaking people. (I nearly caught up with a cyclist the other day... then he took another route. Booh.)

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 20th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Usually it's me that gets passed by fit men on bikes who leave me in the dust. :)

I couldn't have done it on the outward journey which was into a strong headwind whilst climbing a long incline. But with the wind behind me and cycling slightly downhill, I thought I'd give it a go.
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