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29 Miles Around Maidstone

Sunday June 14, 2009

Another great day here in North Kent, the sun is shining, there’s a gentle breeze and it’s hot.  Having ticked quite a few things off my ‘to-do’ list on Friday and Saturday, I forced myself out of bed early this morning and took the Trek out for a spin.

I had a route in my head as to where I wanted to go but like all my rides, I like to see where the road, the scenery and my mood take me.  So today these ‘variables’ took me across the Medway and through Strood towards Cuxton and a destination of the river side in Maidstone.  I rested on the banks of the river in Maidstone, with a couple of swans, for about 10 minutes before beginning the return journey.

The return took my partially up Bluebell Hill then down into Aylesford and Eccles and then back into Rochester along Pilgrims’ Way, an “ancient trackway that runs across southern England from Winchester in the west to Canterbury“.

The Trek performed well again, but I really am beginning to see the benefit of road bikes!  Cyclists on ‘true’ road bikes easily powered past me as I struggled along with my big, fat off-road tyres.  Damn their slick wheels and brightly coloured lycra!  😉

No photos today as I didn’t take the camera – I was travelling light (i.e. I forgot it!).


Ride to Upnor

Saturday March 21, 2009

I don’t know what’s happening, whether it’s Global Warming or not, but it was another nice day here in Rochester.  So out came the Trek and off I cycled.

Today’s destination was the small town of Upnor along the River Medway towards the sea.  Never been there before despite it being only a couple of miles away.  There’s a castle there (Upnor Castle) but I didn’t see much of it, only a section of it down on the beach.

On the way home, I stopped at Rochester Castle (a favourite spot of mine) for a bottle of Coke and an ice cream – a great end to the ride.

The total trip was 11.36 miles.

A couple of photos below but more on my Flickr pages.

Link: Photos of Upnor on the BBC

Upnor Castle

Tudor Rose Pub

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