Spring Mk 2

Gazzetta, Photos

Spring is sprung,

The grass is riz,

I wonder where the birdies is.

I’ve just discovered that the above is known as The Brooklyn National Anthem and it perhaps should be “boidies” by way of pronunciation.  This is despite me knowing it for as long as I can remember and thinking is was an old Yorkshire saying!  It also has a number of additional lines depending on which version you may know.

Anyway per ChrisO’s post it’s definitely Spring here and bright white flesh is starting to be uncovered.  Times of spitting out flies are back too, so it must be Spring.

Much of Europe is in a total lockdown and many of the pro riders are limited to indoor training.  Other’s have had to go Private on Strava as they were getting abuse when posting longish (for us mortals) training rides (e.g. Oliver Naesen).

In the UK we are allowed out once per day for your chosen form of exercise.  Most folk I know are cutting back on outdoor mileage and limiting rides per week and extending indoor Winter training through the current challenges.

This week’s picture is just outside a small village called Shackleford not far from home.  I always think it has a timeless quality as if there is a little country lane winding down past the pond.  In reality that track goes up to the farm and no further and it joins the lane I ride at the pond.  In the Summer the pond is virtually covered flowering lilies.  A very pretty spot in my opinion.

The Butler in the same spot in suitable vintage tones.


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April 10, 2020 8:49 pm

Starting to get days when we can ride in shorts and short sleeves.

April 11, 2020 12:23 am
Reply to  chuckp

Sure, rub it in! Here in WI on Tuesday we had mid 70s. Wednesday, high 50s. Sunday-Monday? Measurable fucking snow. My full range of gear is getting used within single weeks!

April 11, 2020 12:44 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

Wiscot – We’ve had just a few days where I could ride in shorts and short-sleeve jersey (with a base layer). A few other days where I’ve needed arm warmers. Sometimes having to wear my GORE Oxygen Classics kit which is designed for spring/fall cool weather. But at least no full-on winter kit.

April 13, 2020 12:27 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

Wiscot – If it makes you feel better, pouring rain and high winds here today. Major storm up and down the east coast. Cheers!

April 13, 2020 10:54 pm
Reply to  chuckp

That’s some comfort. Dusting of snow and wind chills in the 2os here today. Rest of the week is sketchy, but from Saturday it looks better.

April 26, 2020 12:44 am
Reply to  chuckp

Speaking of weather, did my first ride today in 100+ degree temperatures (38C). We had a cool spring until recently, so it will take a while to acclimate .