Nothing epic, but the last ride of the year today. 2020....
2020 was my second highest mileage year but I've not been anywhere. I haven't got a turbo trainer, but for the first time ever I've not left London all year. I've ridden nearly all year on my own, and have ridden around the capital like I was cycling in the wilderness, because at times London has been one. New Years Eve on Blackfriars Bridge.
This afternoon at the normally perma-touristy London Eye. The big wheel has stopped turning.
Extra tubes, being sure to carry food and water at all times, and this year carrying a mask in case you had to go into a shop for whatever reason. Its been an epic multi-day urban audax with every ride starting and finishing at my house. And due to lockdown and not having to see people, I've even had appropriate accompanying beard growth for some of it.
Thankfully cycling has been permitted throughout, and it has definitely helped keep me sane this year. 'together forever on wheels' by Gillie and Marc.
Definitely a year none of us will forget.
Total mileage for the year was 9064 miles, making the last 5 years mileage 42,001 miles. Obviously the target next year is to exceed 8000 miles to reach the twice round the world, 50,000 mile mark in 6 years. I might have to make myself a badge.
Much as I've enjoyed the never to be repeated deserted London scenes, I'm really looking forward to cycling in the countryside somewhere, anywhere, with some actual people in 2021.
I live by the river and normally hear the New Year fireworks, but not this year as they've obviously been cancelled. Thoughts go to all those that didn't make it to year end, an eerily quiet year will go out with a whimper and not a bang, so best to break out the bong, crank up the music and have an indoor rave for one. Now where's my glow sticks? Happy New Year!