Back in Cornwall as of last night and I’ve completed my compulsory tasks for the day, essentially to eat breakfast, drink coffee, and go ride a bike for a few hours, so as promised here is the part two to the part one of a few days ago; also a nice way for me to reflect on a terrific few days. We had never met prior to this but regardless Warren and Esther welcomed me into their lovely home and tolerated me for for a whole week… something for which I am profoundly grateful. We had a super time of days on the bike exploring the local area, making new friends, and evenings by the fire sampling the seasonal foraged hedgerow-flavoured liqueurs. We also talked some more about the possibility of a two-wheeled dirt-road flavoured photo workshop with Galloway Cycling Holidays in the area; it would appear there is some interest so hopefully a little bit more and it could really happen. A weekend or long-weekend might work best rather than a week especially for people with other family-related holiday obligations, and would help keep the costs down. I reckon about this time of year would be perfect. The days are still long enough but the light is soft and conditions interestingly variable with some fall colours beginning to appear in the landscape.
As a quick aside, just before I throw a bunch of pictures at my screen, and because I don’t really know where else to fit it.. recently I wrote an interview-flavoured piece for bikepacking.com on my experiences of cycling as a way of dealing with depression. It’s also about my bike of course, but you can always skip that stuff unless you’re particularly into square-taper bottom brackets…. It would appear that it struck a chord with many people which was pleasantly heartening knowing what a shitty place the internet can be; so on that basis I thought I may as well share it. The article is here.