And To think, Some People DRIVE This!
As I said before, today was a trip up to Ashington to visit a prospective new client. I rode Siegfried, and it took about 65 minutes each way - that’s about 30 minutes more than the driving time.
But if I’d driven, I would have followed some dull-as-dishwater route along boring motorway-grade roads, and arrived at my destination with the sense of 35 minutes wasted. As it was, I got to explore new routes, ride along quiet country roads, enjoy the early spring sunshine, and have the time to take a few photos:
- Wansbeck. When you get down near a river like this, it’s bad news - you have to go up again!
- Seaton Sluice - and I thought that our house was in an exposed location.
- Bell Mug-Shot. That’s me doing my impression of The Edge.
- Don’t Look Down! Shoes on a bike don’t come any more sensible than these.
- Saddle Springs & Seaton Sluice
- Impossible bike. People complain about the standards of bike drawings on the road, but I like their Impressionistic leanings.
- Bicycle Infrastructure through Seaton Sluice: Pass!
- Bicycle Infrastructure through Seaton Sluice: Fail!
That last photo is one of the features of bicycle infrastructure in the UK that really winds me up. If you were on the road, four feet to the right of the bike lane, you’d have right of way over cars on the minor road and the major road. If you were a pedestrian, and stepped out onto the road at the junction, you’d have right of way. If you’re on a bike though . . . get to the back of the queue.
When these start getting re-designed as straight through routes for bikes, then I’ll know that there’s been a real change in the UK.