8th August 2018
The last few weeks the weather has been astonishing, hot and dry, each time you go out running, cycling or just a walk into town a hat and sunglasses rather than brollies, raincoats ........... shorts and a tee being the daily wear.
Cycling I am still discovering the area of the Somerset levels with a small group of local cyclists. I was introduced to the Mendips on the first day of August, 60.2 miles and 2917 ft of climbing, it was a lovely ride, climbing past Crook Peak, the ‘mountain’ next to the M5, it was a really nice road that runs parallel to M5, but!! The peace and tranquility of a lovely valley spoilt by the noise of the motorway. We dropped over to Banwell and headed down the valley to Churchill and beyond, before climbing once again round Butcombe( of beer fame, locally) through the lovely named village of ‘Thrubwell Nesbitt’ before round the top of Chew Valley lakes, beautiful views across the lakes before a welcome coffee stop at the ‘stables ‘ tea rooms . Refreshed with cake it was then the daunting thought of climbing back over the Mendips to home! It was a long climb, choice at the top, Cheddar Gorge or other, heading towards Priddy, past the Mendip Transmitter mast before a very long steep descent down to Draycott, it was then back to the flat country back through Wedmore, and back to Brent Knoll, a tiring ride, we both said ‘our legs ache’!
I now seem to have dropped into a regular evening run with my daughter, only short 3-5 miles, but in this heat plenty, it usually means a beach run which is lovely and fresh.
Cycling, I seem to be averaging about 80-120 miles a week, as miles around the levels is easy to do, I meet with the BKVelo on Wednesday, this week we headed over to the back of Wells, another lovely area, including a few hills, only 700 ft over the 50 miles, but! A stiff headwind was in our face back across the levels from Glastonbury!!
Weather is set to change this week, I hope it holds out till after Sunday when I should be riding the Yeovil CC ‘Sandra’s 100’ ride!