I look forward to the first ride following a long business trip, especially one where you’ve not managed to get any kind of proper exercise. The best I could manage was walking briskly the entire week, a task that if you understood the amount of walking required in Las Vegas is more impressive than at first it sounds.
Just to give you an idea, the walk from the convention centre to my room, all within the same building I have to add, took no less than fifteen minutes to complete. This was at the brisk pace I tried to maintain at all times.
Sunday was an almost perfect riding day. There was a wind, but it didn’t really make up its mind as to which way it was going to blow, so it was both helpful, though not too helpful, and a hinderance, although again, not overly so. Heading east down to the F1 track was out of the question as Montreal hosted the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, won by none other than the terrific, and very English, Lewis Hamilton. So, in the words of The Village People, I went west and did two of the three islands that make up the Three Island route that we did last month. Sunday’s route can be viewed here.
As Andy mentioned in his post of yesterday, the weather brought out all sorts of riders on all sorts of two-wheeled contraptions, and most of them seemed to be having a wonderful time in the sun. It’s good to see people getting out and leaving the TV and the computer behind for a few hours. Now if I only I could convince my kids of the same!
Final shout out to our blogging brother Bruce Rollerson (follow him at Blog O’Rollo) who rode a staggering 1,600 km in 22 days during the People’s Grand Tour. An incredible number I have to say, and all of it documented with a pithy wit that is born from the life down under. My PGT total came in rather lower. I doff my hat to him.
The next PGT starts in time for the Tour de France, and once again a week off the bike during our annual family holiday is going to challenge my progress, but I am certain that I can do better than the 558 km here. May be I should set myself a goal of 1,000 km? OK…done.