For once the sky was a clear blue without a hint of cloud, raising the spirits and calling me outside to play. I decided to finally get the new e.bike out for its inaugural run. My Dearly Beloved got it all wired up last week and I've been waiting for the rain to stop to try it out. So yesterday afternoon I donned my hi-vis gear and helmet and off I went. Four miles. Four whole miles in the open air under my own steam. Joy. It's the first time since I injured my back four years ago that I've been able to do such a thing. My e.bike carried me without a hitch up hills and along the roads and lanes, in the late afternoon sun. The biting air reminded me to add gloves and ear-muffs to the shopping list. At the top,obviously,way ahead of food and bills.
I was gliding silently down a quiet wooded lane when up ahead a roe deer hind bounced from the trees and stood in front of me for a long minute before bounding off into the thickets. A beautiful sight and I kicked myself for not bringing the camera along. Next time.
This bike is a much more complicated affair than the previous one and it'll take a while to really get to grips with all the options it offers. But I felt secure and comfortable on it and covered four miles, and could easily have gone further. Such amazing freedom.
Today it's grey, wet and dull again. But I'm still smiling.