>Mixed emotions today as I’ve just found out today that I’ve got to go to Manchester for 2 nights/ 3 days in a couple of weeks time for work.

Manchester is of course where I went to university and is of course the home of great music like The Smiths, Oasis etc. I like the city. The bad news is that it will mean missing another 3 days of cycling as I can’t take my bike with me.

Never mind. At least I got to choose the hotel we are all staying in. It is a hotel that has very happy memories for me from my last trip to Manchester for work some 2 years 8 months ago. there is a Wetherspoons pub opposite the hotel that I remember well. I spent a great night in there reading a book on the Manchester gang scene and sending texts that started a whole new chapter in my life….

So far this week, I’ve only ridden 3 out of four days, but have done at least 40 miles each day I have ridden and it feels good to be getting some semi-decent mileage in again. I have been using the saddle bag I will be taking with me- It seems awfully small to take 2 weeks worth of kit….

I am going to have to try soon to pack all my kit into the saddlebag and the bar bag and see if it will all fit. I will also have to see what it feels like to ride with 2 weeks worth of kit carried on the bike.

I have also started to try to plan the route for my ride. I have done as far as Lancaster, which should take me five days, all being well. I have accommodation there as my cousin is going to put me up for the night- Thanks Andy & Jan 🙂

About spen666

I'm a 50 something football fan and occasional cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds previously. I have 1 left to rejoin the 92 club. Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I now am one of the organising committee for the UK Police Unity Tour (www.ukpoliceunitytour.org ) I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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