16.93 miles were covered today in the push for Pedal to Paris fitness, according to Map My Ride!
It has been another beautiful day and Lady Egality decided to join me on her bike. We cycled along the lanes in tandem which was very companionable.
About half-way round today’s training route, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a Chinook manoeuvre..
We were cycling next to RAF Odiham and watched one of the Base’s Chinooks fly right overhead:
It looked so ungainly and heavy in the air; we were both mesmerised watching it hover in one spot for simply ages.
It must be a pretty extraordinary feeling to pilot such a whopping machine.
We stayed for a long time watching it; it was sobering to think all the training is necessary for the troops to be prepared for service out in Afghanistan.
But then we cycled off and, once away from the RAF Base, felt fancy-free again.
[On April 26th, less than 2 weeks after this post was published, 5 military servicemen - 4 of whom were based at RAF Odiham - were killed out in Afghanistan.
The Basingstoke Gazette report reads:
'The crash is the first fatal accident involving a UK military helicopter during the conflict in Afghanistan and it is the third biggest loss of life of British troops in a single incident in the country since the conflict began in 2001.
The incident brings the number of British forces killed in the Afghanistan conflict to 453.'
Maj Gen Richard Felton, Commander Joint Helicopter Command paid tribute saying:
"Events like this, whilst mercifully rare, remind us of the risks our personnel face in their work in Afghanistan as we approach the conclusion of the combat mission later this year."
It is dreadful news.]
An Un-birthday Present!
When the Agent came home tonight, he arrived bearing a parcel for me – how exciting is that!
Guess what was inside, wrapped up in all the tissue paper…..
Pedal Power shoes with cleats attached! Gosh – that’s serious gear! There was even a shoe maintenance manual provided.
Advantages of Click-in Pedals & Bike Shoes
MAGIC SHOES – WOW!
I’ve got to change the pedals on my Poppy Bike to these Power Pedals so that my feet in the new cycling shoes, will snap in and out of them.
If I forget I’m wearing shoes with cleats, I will keep falling off. So…I’d better concentrate for a change.
I’m going to have to practise clicking in and out of the pedals quite a lot to get the hang of it. Perhaps I should start off on the lawn – what do you think?
Yours hoping I don’t fall off however,