Cycling plans for 2011
It's already nearly one third of the way from the winter solstice to the summer solstice and Mrs Taylor reminded me that we need to get on and plan our cycling tour of Holland in May. She's the one who'll decide which places we visit, so she was really reminding herself (or reminding me to remind her). She's right though. Days getting lighter, plans to be firmed, things to be booked.
Our ferry tickets are actually booked – Hull to Rotterdam, like last year's cycling tour of Holland. Sandra dislocated a bone in her shoulder four days into the trip, when she rode her bike into a bollard in the middle of a cycle path and fell down sideways, rupturing a ligament which sprung a joint – or something. Her shoulder bone was visibly lifted upwards but I've never quite understood what the damage was. She had a full-blown operation to repair it when we got home.
The Afsluitdijk is a cross-sea causeway about 20 miles long and cycling across it was supposed to be a highlight. With Sandra's shoulder injury it turned out to be a miserable grind into a stiff headwind; for that and several other reasons, Holland is unfinished business so we'll go there again in the spring instead of Denmark as we originally planned.
And a cycle tour of Germany in September. Where in Germany? No idea. We'll probably drive to Düsseldorf and catch a train south from there to somewhere nice for cycling. This needs thinking about quite soon. A three day anti-clockwise tour of West Yorkshire some time in June, a long weekend's cycling in Dorset early August... away days in between... the main thing is she's back on two wheels even if it still hurts a bit.
First up, after the clocks go forward: cycling in Snowdonia in April. Before that a ride in the Wolds with Chris, weather permitting. 2011 is brightening up at last.