Hi from Manchester, England.
Historic day yesterday eh?
Did you know that on that day in 1297, the English were defeated at Stirling Bridge by William Wallace? Did You also know that in 1777 Geoge Washington was defeated by the British under General Howe at Brandywine Creek?
D.H. Lawrence was also born in 1885 not far from where Raleigh Bikes were manufactured in the county of Nottingham, England.
In 1914 W.C. Handy publishes St. Louis Blues, recorded over 100 times since.
1928 saw the worlds first television play transmitted from New York.
Jep, I know!
Anyway, as you may know the Brits usually start a conversation with the subject of "weather" and its been the worst summer I can remember here, fortunately I spent a month in France and Italy and got burnt.
Don't know how you feel about this but I have a son who is 11 and we both did the "Lombard" in the Alps---------THE HARD WAY! You may know that this Col is one of the most famous in the Tour De France along with the Bonnette and Le Alp D'Huez.
We actually cycled from the Col summit off-road along the alpine ridge and down to the Sactuary St.Anna and then back up (after a further steep descent) again off-road, to the summit. The ride is only about 12 miles but it was scorching and incredibly rocky mule tracks.
Most of the cycling seemed to be uphill since the downhill bits were mainly walking down 60degree alpine paths. I got burnt twice; once by the earths sun and again by my own son! Unbelieveably he was ready for more after, while I was prostrate.
I'm thinking of nick-naming him "Lance", especially after he took off on the really steepest part of the final zig-zags, glanced back into my squinting eyes and contorted, gasping face and disappeared around one of the hairpins. I'm begining to wonder just who the hell his dad was! I decided to buy him a Rabobank "Deni Menchov" cap on the Alp D'huez to remind him that even top cyclists can fall off unexpectedly!
Hope to read some good stuff from you all soon.
Cheers fellow pedlars, or is it pedalers?