Today saw me take part in the Rotary Club of Swansea Bay’s – Three Valleys bike ride, a 35 mile ride to raise money for children’s charities. The gloriously warm sunny weather make for perfect riding conditions as I set off at 08:30 am from the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.
The route was picturesque and took me through parts of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valleys. The ride was mostly on Sustrans (the national cycle network) cycle routes (4 and 43 in particular) amd along canal tow paths and riverbanks. Perhaps the most memorable (lung busting!) part was the climb via Cilfrew which I reached the top gave tremendous views over the Dulais valley.
Anyway, I took around 3 hours 5 minutes to complete the ride – which was 36.5 miles according to my milometer – and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is a picture of my race number, certificate of completion and pin badge.
I spent most of yesterday potching in the garden – either in the paddling pool with DDWT Junior or hacking the plants in the garden to bits again. I can’t believe how much the weather has changed in the space of a week. What was the monsoon month of May has given way to the sultry sunshine of June. It’s perfect BBQ weather – which means I must invest in a gas BBQ for the house of DDWT.