As soon as the words left my mouth, I realised what a daft suggestion this was. He's training for an ironman race for goodness sake - the cycle leg alone of the ironman is 112 miles, and there's swimming and running too. My idea of a long bike ride is VERY different, and involves frequent stops by picturesque wooden benches to take photos and eat kitkats. However, G assured me that he would behave like a complete gentleman and recalibrate his concept of 'a long way' to something manageable by me.
Some of our cycle route went along the Lea Valley Walk, which is open to both cyclists and pedestrians
Excellent graffiti on the flood relief channel along the edge of Hackney Marshes
Sign in the nature reserves at Walthamstow Marshes
Narrowboats moored near Springfield Marina
Wait for me! Graham, in the far distance, at the other end of a bridge by Springfield Marina
A barge chasing some swans, in Tottenham
A barge with fancy velux roof windows near Stonebridge Lock
Barges along the River Lea at Tottenham
Pretty riverside appartments at Tottenham
We stopped for coffee and a nice sit-down at the amazing Lee Valley Athletics Centre at Picketts Lock in Edmonton. This facility has only been here for four years but is now used by the UK Athletics Squad for indoor and outdoor training every weekday morning, and they were there when we arrived all hot and sweaty and in need of a cup of coffee today. I felt very starstruck as we watched the athletes and coaches all training hard - without exception, they all have verrrry long, bendy and springy legs! We saw the sprinters, hurdlers, long jumpers and triple jumpers in action. We weren't allowed to take photos, but I did sneak in this picture of a Team GB backpack on a racing wheelchair - the disabled UK athletes train there too.
After we'd admired the athletes and their prowess we got back on our bikes and headed for home, feeling very creaky and middle-aged indeed. Our round trip was 18 miles in total, and G lived up to his promise of gentlemanly behaviour and didn't cycle too fast for me, although I'm sure he must have wanted to at times.
Exciting information boards in Haringey
Come on, Nancy! Keep pedalling!
Obviously, as G is now 40 and I am still
You may have noticed that there are two spellings of the River Lea or Lee and its valley. Both seem to be used interchangeably by all the various councils and community groups that operate along it. We sometimes even saw both versions on one sign.