Early night


It’s 9:45pm and we are all sat down in non-cycling gear drinking Guiness and waiting for our Sirloin Steaks to arrive.
We cycled in a 1:3 formation today with Ian taking the A roads by himself and the rest of us taking a mixture of roads and the NCN.
We all climbed to this summit which meant that from here the 35 miles into Carrbridge were virtually all downhill.
Today it was Adrian’s turn for the puncture. We would have been an hour earlier if it hadn’t been for that.
The only other news is that we have have all lost the only thing that distinguishes the human being from the chimpanze – the opposing thumb. I’ve already mentioned the problem pouring tea in the morning, now drinking Guiness is a two-handed operation. Handlebar vibration is a terrible thing.

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5 Responses to “Early night”

  1. ellie stoneley Says:

    fantastic and great to catch up with teh whole trip … sorry been a bit silent – lots of hospitals … but WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    sounds like a glorious trip and you have had sunshine hurrah
    keep pedaling can’t wait to see those manly thighs … has the hair grown back yet?
    x

  2. Jane Says:

    Been getting lots of advice on the hands, from our official supporting physio and concerned others!
    Zac of sportsresource.org says:
    “It sounds like a hand positioning problem, cocking the wrist position on the
    handlebars may be a causative factor – impinging on the nerves in the hand –
    regular stretching at the wrist in all directions will help, as well as
    massaging the forearms and hands – may bring the riders a little closer to
    each other!! Alternate hand positions throughout each day to ease the stress at particular points of impingement of the nerves.
    Zac

  3. Jane Says:

    Been getting lots of advice on the hands, from our official supporting physio and concerned others!
    Zac of sportsresource.org says:
    “It sounds like a hand positioning problem, cocking the wrist position on the
    handlebars may be a causative factor – impinging on the nerves in the hand –
    regular stretching at the wrist in all directions will help, as well as
    massaging the forearms and hands – may bring the riders a little closer to
    each other!! Alternate hand positions throughout each day to ease the stress at particular points of impingement of the nerves.
    Zac

  4. Jane Says:

    … I am looking forward to pictures of cyclists in the rugged Highlands cocking their wrists up and down to each other and to passers-by….

  5. Jane Says:

    More advice: Brian says:
    -keep hands warm with loose fitting mittens (not tight gloves)
    – make sure you don’t get too chilled
    – make sure you eat small high protein meals several times a day
    – take warm drinks
    – keep moving (esp hands) to keep the circulation going

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