I really need more outside exercise, and with my plantaric irritation still ongoing, cycling seems to be the only way to do it. Unless I suddenly make the Cambridge 8 or something equally unlikely.
So I have resolved to get out on the bike the next few days I have off. Today was the first of these, and in good conditions apart from a wind that seemed to be head on for my entire ride, I headed south along the N64, wondering if I'd surprise a long eared owl that roost by day in the hedgerows alongside.
Of course I didn't, and suppose I only would have done so if I'd ridden my bike directly into the hedge. There weren't any winter thrushes either, but constant flashes of white wing edges and tail bars indicated that a lot of chaffinch were about today.
Off the cycle track, I rode through Shelton village (posh), Sibthorpe village (posh), Elston (posh), East Stoke (site of famous Roses War battle, also posh) and Farndon (not posh). In East Stoke I had fantastic close views of a pair of kestrels, so close I could see every marking on their chestnut backs as they flew away from the lumpy two wheeled threat.
Rumbles was open too, so got to have a really nice cup of tea afterwards, listen to 6 music and just feel good about the 30km ride I'd had, despite the lead legs.
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