The Push Hog Diaries: Rest Day II – All Washed Out

It seems from the moment I decided to start cycling again it started raining, then when I entered the Big G and bought a road bike, it started pouring.

Although many of us hark back to the halcyon days when the British summer time was months on end of sunshine, in my experience this was rarely the case. Remember that even on the nicest of days, any Brit worth their salt will always pack a warm jumper and a rain coat “Just incase”.

But having said that I’ve never known a spring and summer as wet and miserable as the one we are currently experiencing. Even in June 2007 when large parts of East Yorkshire flooded, the weather wasn’t as bad as it is now, quite worrying really.

It would be unfair to say that it rains every day, but over the past month I’ve arranged to go cycling with a friend three times, each time the rain has forced a cancellation. Also, I can’t remember the last time we had a fully dry weekend, which poses a problem in itself, as although sometimes it may have stopped raining, the roads are still wet and cycling on slicks wouldn’t be the best of ideas.

Even yesterday, Saturday 23rd June, the weather looked broody all day and when the opportunity arose to get a ride in, hey presto, it started to rain. I feel a bit like A.A. Milne’s Eeyore, walking around with a dark cloud constantly above my head, I’ve even given my bike a new name ‘The Spinster’: Lonely & Unriden!


I woke up this morning to the now familiar sound of the rain dripping from the underside of a leaking gutter. Later in the day it did get sunny, but stayed windy, and now there is a small window of opportunity before the England v Italy Euro 2012 Quarter Final, it’s once again raining!

So what to do? A bit of light reading before the football I guess…


Total Distance Covered: 107 miles (not through want of trying!)

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