At the top of this year I was 50! 50 suddenly sounds quite old but when Molly reminds me I’m now half an antique it sounds even older. Luckily though, when I get on my bike, I still feel about 10.

People kept asking me am I going to have a party? I said no, I’m going to ride my bike! So I spent the day riding the 50 miles for 50 years along the Shipwrights Way (Alice Holt Forest to Portsmouth dockyard) I actually ended up riding 82 miles (took diversions for scenic sights!)

The only trouble was it was perfect timing for the floods that bombarded us in early January

The only trouble was it was perfect timing for the floods that bombarded us in early January

Wishing I'd brought my snorkel - large deep flood at Langley

Wish I’d brought my snorkel with me.

But at least I had a spot of sporadic sun

But at least I had a spot of sporadic sun

Then at Easter I had my first child-free night in nearly 10 years so I took off and rode the South Downs Way just as Storm Katie hit with a vengeance. More perfect timing!

Mud...

Mud…

Mud...

Mud…

and more mud!

and more mud!

But the sun came out in cold windy force...

But the sun came out in cold windy force…

and it was lovely to be free on top of the Downs with big wide skies.

and it was lovely to be free on top of the Downs with big wide skies.

I will write more about these missions when I’ve got a bit more time under my belt. Got to go now as got to pack bikes and offspring as am off tonight to catch a ferry to Holland. Gary is staying at home as he wants to get on with work and have a break from us rowdy bunch. If all goes according to my unplanned plans, should be home again the day before the girls go back to school at the beginning of September. So more then!

Ps.  I’ve started blogging for Cycling UK (CTC) so you can read more here:

www.cyclinguk.org/cycle/north-sea-cycle-route

www.cyclinguk.org/blog/josie-dew-blogs-beeping-drivers