Week 7 day 46 – Friday 8th May

  • 65 minutes at 130/140 watts
  • Max heart rate = 140 bpm
  • Calories = 609 (total so far 15966)
  • Distance covered = 23.41 miles
  • Total distance so far = 565.57

Today I logged that I have spent over 30 hours in the saddle so far – ouch! The 130 watt plan seems to be going well, so I switched it up a bit and tried some of it at 140 watt to increase the effort/calories. Success – I maintained the mileage and pushed the calories up a bit. 

For a change from the music we watched the VE celebrations – the interviews with the veterans were so inspiring. Despite the current situation, we are indeed lucky to live in these times rather than having to endure the hardship of war.

Trying to avoid the crazy network of motorways in this part of the country, we are taking a slight detour and today my journey takes me to Liverpool. So much musical history connected with this city, it seems a shame not to include it on our trip.

The history of Liverpool can be traced back to 1190 when the place was known as ‘Liuerpul’, possibly meaning a pool or creek with muddy water – not very inspiring! It was most famous as a port during the late 19th and early 20th century and 40% of the world’s trade passed through here. After the war, manufacturing and construction at the docks declined and now Albert Dock has been refurbished and revitalised as a vibrant hub for shopping and restaurants. It’s well known, of course, as the birthplace of the Beatles and Cilla (must put them on my play list!) and perhaps I can really go back in time and listen to Gerry and the Pacemakers as I make my crossing over the Mersey.

Bank Holiday weather can be a bit of a hit and miss affair but this year, just in time for the VE celebrations, it came up trumps. Sadly, all the planned celebrations – whether they were the national ones in London or the local ones in your own village or street, had to be rapidly revised. People still celebrated but somehow the more restrained ‘front garden’ or ‘end of driveway’ events were more reflective and poignant. Here are a couple of pictures of local celebrations in Mary’s village and we hope that your own celebrations however small were equally as enjoyable. At least no one spent hours in a traffic jam!