Well, tomorrow I plan to set off on the first day of my Ride The Lobster qualifying ride. So, if anyone in between Nottingham and Norhthampton see a unicyclist looking like he’s trying to make up for lost time… it’ll probably be me. And, if all goes to plan, anyone spotting a unicyclist between Northamton and East London on Tuesday, well, guess what, that’ll be me too!
I’ve got 'net access on my phone, so I’ll post an update tomorrow night once I get to the hotel.
Each day should be a fraction under 100km (But I know I’m going to take a wrong turn here or there). I don’t know about the climb, but I’m expecting a pretty much flat ride (although there are come canal locks on one part), but I’m going more for the distance than the elevation side of things.
so, just over 10 hours after leaving home i got to my hotel in one piece. i don’t want to spoil too much of the final ride report for everyone, but as a teaser i can say that it’ll include forgotten wallets, flat tyrers, detours because i can’t follow signs, detours because the camel back needed refilling, lost Schlumpf gear change buttons, and some of the longest, coldest, darkest muddiest tunnels you’ll ever get to unicycle in.
Ok, I’ve not got time for a full write-up and photos at the moment, however, with the help of google maps, I’ve calculated the mileage;
Day 1 - 72.12 miles
Day 2 - 70.44 miles
Total - 142.56 miles
There were a few large-ish hills, but as the mileage alone is enough to qualify, and I don’t have any easy way to calculate the total elevation climbed, I’m going to ignore the ascent side of things.
That was on a 29" Schlumpf, and most of that was in high-gear, although due to losing a button the first day, and not tightening the spare one on the second (Why did I think I’d need to bring a spare???), I did a few more miles in low gear than planned.
Oh, and just to put this in to context with my Nimbus 36 that I had before the Schlumpf, I covered more miles in 2 days than I did on my trip this summer in 4 days on the N36. I wouldn’t say that I’m much fitter than before, but there were more hills in Wales, and one of those days was a compulsory rest day because I couldn’t walk!