On Saturday 11th March I completed my first century – a significant milestone in my 9,000 mile challenge.
My route was a 105 mile ‘easy ride’ through beautiful North Yorkshire, deliberately avoiding the hills on this occasion. I set off from Thirsk, and rode to Easingwold, Haxby, Pocklington and York before finishing back in Thirsk 9 1/2 hours later.
Before I even left Thirsk, however, I felt the full force of cold, hard tarmac as the bike slide on what I can only assume to have been morning dew. The bike went from under me without warning and I found myself on the floor in the middle of the roundabout (I was pretty surprised how drivers were so in a hurry not to stop but to drive around me on their merry way). Only one lady driver (brownie points for the women drivers out there!) had thought to stop and ask how I was. This left me feeling reassured that there is still hope for humanity :).
My right knee, elbow and thigh took the brunt of the fall. Instinctively, however, my first concern was for my bike. After bending back the grips and giving the wheels a quick spin, all seemed to be okay.
I got back on the bike and rode 105 miles.