No guest picture of the day today (hint, hint) and a rather dull blog, The picture below gives a clue as to why that should be.
I was hoping to go a bit further but I got to bed too late last night and didn’t get up early enough today so that by the time that I finally got out on the bike, it was rather warm and by the time that I got back, it was decidedly too hot for comfort at 22°C and I was glad to stop pedalling.
The route is mainly flat and with little wind, there was no time for free wheeling so it was hard work all the way round. I stopped at the WWT at Caerlaverock, not to admire the wild life….
I have had quite a few pictures of gorse in the blog this spring as it has been glorious but it is being easily surpassed for yellowness by the broom now. I saw this bunch beside the road as I set off for home.
I came back along the coast to Gretna and was pleased to get a little cool air off the sea as I pedalled along. I stopped on the way back for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the old Toll House at Gretna….
I usually like to do something useful in the garden after a bike ride when my muscles are nicely warmed up but on this occasion, I was absolutely drained and did nothing. In spite of a lot of moaning about the recent chilly weather, I don’t like hot weather very much, or perhaps it doesn’t like me and today was just too hot. Still, I was very pleased to have done the second longest ride of the year (and 170 miles in the last four days) without much in the way of complaints from my new knee. And I really shouldn’t complain about an almost cloudless warm day of the sort that we thought might never arrive this year.
Those interested can see details of the ride here.
I did have just enough energy to walk round the garden before retiring indoors for a sit down. The sun was beginning to get lower in the sky and was lighting up the flowers very prettily.
And that was it for the day. Early bed tonight.
A flying bee deputises as flying bird of the day.