Week 7 day 44 – Wednesday 6th May

  • 65 minutes at 130 watts
  • Max heart rate = 130 bpm
  • Calories = 554 (total so far 15089)
  • Distance covered = 23.43 miles
  • Total distance so far = 527.49

Today, I stuck with the plan of keeping to a sensible level on the watts, keeping to 80rpm and over (as per instructions from David!) and just pedalling! Great result as I achieved a PB. 

Turning back the clock today with Dire Straits Greatest Hits – some great disco classics in there – Twisting by the Pool, Walk of Life and Sultans of Swing

Sadly, we are leaving the Lake District behind and head south again where it’s going to be busy for a while as we negotiate and avoid the vast network of motorways around Manchester! 

I whizz through Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire which lies on the River Lune and dates back to the Domesday book in 1086.

At the end of the 17th century, the river was much deeper and it was one of the busiest ports in the UK importing such goods as sugar, mahogany and tobacco, and became the fourth most important port in the slave trade.

Unfortunately, the River Lune began to silt up, and Lancaster’s maritime heyday was rather short-lived: nowadays Heysham is the main port for the district.

Lancaster used to have the unfortunate nickname of the Hanging Town, as the court at the castle, which dates back to the 11th century, handed out more death sentences than any other in the country. 

My stop for the day is Bilsborrow (sounds like something out of The Hobbit!). In fact, it is of Olde English pre 7th century origins. It derives from either of two villages called Bilborough and Bilsborough and is also used as a surname. It translates as ‘The fortress (burg) of the Bila”, a tribe of the pre-Norman (1066) period.


As you will have seen, we love a good inspirational quote to keep us motivated and Rosalind came across this one recently:

We appreciate we are only supposed to be shopping for essentials – but sometimes looking after ourselves is just that – essential for our wellbeing and our ability to continue to cope with the current situation. 

‘Looking fantastic’ may well not be a top priority now with the highlight of the social calendar being a trip to Tesco or walking the dog. However, with hairdressers and beauty salons out of bounds, a little present to ourselves now and then could be just the boost we need. I think this site might while away a pleasant half hour or so – even if it’s only window shopping!