Day 5 – Tewkesbury to Cannock (60.60 miles)
Odd day today, as I’ve been struggling to sleep well, so today’s start was, I have to confess, a slog.
I left Tewkesbury at about 10:40, from memory, and despite the better prep (a banana at 7:30 am, must surely class as better prep?) I felt really flat for the first 25 miles. My rear derailleur also seemed to be “sticky”, occasionally slipping gears.
The country roads should have been great, the weather should have felt fine, but somehow, the roads were bumpy, twisty and slowly uphill, and it was too hot, the back of my head is now badly burnt, and nothing felt “right”. This is the joy of multi-day cycling – it’s a head sport as much as physical.
I’m now going to drop today’s bombshell…
The thing that lifted my spirit and got me back on track was…(and I’m fairly sure I’ll never write this or think this again)…the “Welcome to Birmingham” sign! (Sorry, Brummies, said in jest, honest!)
Ran though central Birmingham and ticked off a few client sites; Radisson Blu, Malmaison at the Mailbox, Eversheds LLP, and Hotel Du Vin!
Out then to Warsaw, sorry, Walsall, and off toward Cannock Chase, where today’s ride ends, at 60.60 miles, bringing the approximate running total to 315 miles, over a third of the scheduled total.
Thanks to Paul Shelley & the team at the Ramada Birmingham South Cannock for tonight’s accommodation – it’s very much appreciated!
Once in room, I had a quick look over the bike, as the gear changing had got steadily worse, to find that the gear cable has almost snapped through. Luckily there’s a bike shop within 3 minutes of here so a quick call and a stock check, confirms in theory that I’ll be back up and running by mid-morning. Better it happened now than over Crianlarich!
On a final and more positive note for the evening, however, my wonderful son will give me a “Daaaad! That’s embarrassing!” for today’s blog title. To be fair, I’ve not been prancing around in my “animal print pants, outta control” though. I love winding him up!
5th September 2013