It’s funny how the mileage adds up
So I posted earlier about how these two guys have done over 100,000 bike miles, and how although this is a long way (a very long way), it’s actually quite conceivable to accumulate that sort of mileage through your regular life.
Well, here’s an example of what I mean, taken from last Saturday:
- 08:45 - meeting with client at a mutually convenient coffee shop. We’d chosen the Starbucks in Borders at Silverlink, but they didn’t open ’till nine. So we decamped to the nearby McDonalds, where I discovered that the coffee is only marginally better than when I used to hang out at various McVenues doing my MBA reading before work 8 years ago. Nine miles or so there and back - mild drizzle & headwind on the way, and a big push all the way home.
- 13:00 - Daughter’s drama class in Tynemouth. I wanted to do some work on our tandem, so she had to ride, doing all her own pedaling work. The wind was now from the South, so this was a slow journey out, but a real flyer coming home - overtaking cars along the sea front, wheeee! Four miles.
- 15:00 - off to Tynemouth again to fetch Daughter. She definitely had a better time of the cycling on the way home, and we stopped at the boating lake opposite the Park Hotel to look at the ducks. Four miles.
- 15:45 - out to take a look at the foot / cycle path that runs alongside the Coast Road. I’d written about this earlier, and left a comment on David Hembrow’s post about No Red Lights in Assen, and wanted to get some film footage & photos. I got thwarted by my own ineptitude (the camera’s batteries weren’t propperly recharged), and the annoyingly early sunset, making the film that I did get either gloomy, or dazzled by the sunset. But it was quite good fun, and ended up as another sixteen miles.
In all, for a bit of pootling about on a Saturday, thirty miles. Apart from the final journey, all of these trips could have been made by car, and for each of them it was seriously tempting. But when it comes down to it, no-where near as much fun.
I also clocked up 0.03% of 100,000 miles. Just another 3,333 days like this . . . .
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 11/08/2008
- Total Time: 2:15:00.00
- Distance: 30 miles
- Average Speed: 13.33 mph