This last week has seen me get out and about quite a bit. A couple of short walks with the kids and the dog but actually the bulk of my outdoor time has been on the bike. The snow didnt allow me to do much 2 weeks ago but the past week has been a bit kinder. I had bought the bike but now needed to make use of it!
So my first long bike ride in quite a few years consisted of my better half dragging my sorry behind around the Wye Valley for nearly 40miles. The snow had almost gone but it was still cold and there was white on the higher ground. Not quite the Swiss Alps but for me a very nice route. I managed to finish it and do 2000feet of climbing so was quite pleased. A few days later I found myself cycling 20-odd miles around the Severn Estuary levels buffeted by high winds and rain. Envigorating isnt the word for it! Still I managed to finish it and still walk afterwards
I dont think the road cycling will replace the walking, but for sheer high energy exercise and a quick way to get out and about, its a new dimension. Add in the fact that big distances can be covered and there are opportunities to get within striking distance of quite a number of hills and its definitely an interesting option. I have even looked at longer bike rides around Wales for when I get fitter.
Just hope this doesnt turn into another money pit