Cycle Day One
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Setting out this morning took a lot longer than anticipated. There was still a lot of tuning up on the bikes to be done - especially the tires and the brakes. Packing up the bags was another chore. Things had ‘expanded’ since out last attempt. It had also contained several statements of: ‘we still have _____, but it’s fit!”. Well, it did fit, but with some convincing.
First gear malfunction and we haven’t even gone anywhere! When putting the first pannier onto the bike one of the main supports which hold the bag to the base of the rack snapped! Already…I couldn’t believe it! Hoping that this is just a manufacturing default and not a glimpse into what’s to come. Fortunately for us Jim was there to rig up a creative solution using some rope he had (Jim’s known as a bit of a pack rat :) ).
So then we were off! Starting the bike was quite difficult with the weight and I found I was very wobbly (not good considering the traffic). Eventually I found a rhythm that seemed to work. Biking on the opposite side of the road was not as bad as I had though. Right hand turns are a bit scary, and sometimes when I see cars coming I thing that they’re heading in my lane , but overall OK. The drivers are courteous for the most part. After driving with Jim for a few days we’ve seen that drivers have no qualms about driving out into oncoming traffic to get around. Most of the time it’s due to the narrow streets and crazy parking situation. Certainly a bike does not take up nearly as much room as a parked car, so everyone goes around easily. If there is no space, they just slow down until they can overtake us.
We managed to find our way out of town without too many wrong turns and frustrated outburst at one another J. Heading out of Glossop there was one long drawn out hill. This was to be a perfect precursor to the rest of the day…
So for a satisfying first day we cycled to the Peak District. To get there, we first needed to