Day 29 – Tuesday 21st April

  • 20 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 14 (bike 1)
  • Flat bench and deadlifts
  • Max heart rate = 162bpm
  • Calories = 263, total so far = 9331
  • Distance covered = 7.81 miles
  • Total distance so far = 321.97

Now you might be thinking that having moved the bike level up to 14, steadily increasing the mileage and burning more calories, that I would be putting in a pretty good effort. Unfortunately, my task master (aka David) has other ideas! A successful ride in his eyes means keeping the rpm over 80 – the whole time! Today, you will be pleased to know I had a ‘complete’ success story – over 80rpm all the way and with the added bonus of the most calories burned (by 5!) on any level 14 ride.

The legendary and energetic Tina Turner (way older than me!) was rocking me along with her Private Dancer album – go Tina!

Today’s journey takes me on a quick detour west to visit the Falkirk Wheel. This was another place we stopped off at on our road trip and it’s an amazing piece of engineering. It was opened in 2002 and connects the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde, allowing coast to coast navigation across Scotland. Historically, this journey had been made using a system of 11 locks but these were dismantled in 1933 and there had been no connection since then.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres, but the Union Canal is still 11 metres higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. It is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire. It is well worth having a look at the video showing how it works and if you are ever in the area you can even take a boat trip on it.  

www.scottishcanals.co.uk › falkirk-wheel

I head on south through the suburban edges of Falkirk and make it as far as the village of Reddingmuirhead and the start of open country again. 

No visit to Scotland would be complete without the iconic Scottie dog, although we are fortunately able to see this delightful pair Dave and Dick when we visit a relative in Fen Ditton.

And as we reach the end of week 4, the beautiful chestnut tree is now displaying its candle blossoms and for the fourth week, I am looking up through the leaves to a beautiful blue sky – what an amazing April.

And what an amazing donation result. I’m so pleased to report that my Local Giving page has now reached £819.25 including gift aid. A huge thank you to all my sponsors and supporters. It really does keep my legs spinning.