Dark clouds can engulf us physically and mentally. The recent vile weather accompanied by dark and threatning clouds does little to lift the spirits, which can become dark and cloudy places as a result of outside environments.
My cycling companion and I were struggling today with physical and mental dark clouds hanging over us . In addition the pressing need to get some Cycletta training in has been weighing heavily on us, so taking advantage of a break in the clouds we pushed off and out towards the canal.
As we went, there were a few brief spots of rain and then miraculously wonderful sunshine… and despite some moaning and groaning – mainly up the hills, we have returned in better humour with the tans topped up.
Along the way several events lifted our spirits, notably when our lamentable lack of technical expertise was exposed as my chain became detached. We were immediately rescued by a plethora of cyclists, well wishers and a wonderful young man who took control, gave it what appeared to be a good tug, a shake and a yank and sent me on my way in seconds.
We have immediately reprioritised our cycling maintenance workshops…
The tea and scones ritual was completed with fabulous scones at Oswaldtwistle Mills, meeting a friend and indulging in window shopping, complete with entertainment from a prime candidate for salesperson of the year in the cycling and outdoor department. We will return for the final sale.
We pushed on to the Hill of Doom, decided it would still be there to be conquered another day and returned home in glorous sunshine, pausing only to say hello to the the Swan Family out and about on the canal
We are no where near our Cycletta level yet, but we are working on it, we have a plan and most importantly we didn’t let the dark clouds get the better of us today nor will we in the future.