Picked up the Easy Way Cyling map for Crawley the other day. It’s a really good, handy sized map of the town centre cycle paths. I called Kay Wagland, one of the people at the council responsible for promoting cycling in Crawley and as a result found myself invited along to a trial ride with one of the councillors. She’s the glam looking one in the pic.
Also had a great ride last Saturday to Horsham – about 8 miles each way. Left Crawley through Ifield, passing The Gate pub (where incidentally the Boom Town Rats played just recently), rode through Rusper- which is a bit hilly but manageable and down into Horsham. The purpose of the ride was to take part in Daisy White’s Pop Up Indie Bookshop
It was a really fun day, I ran a haiku competition, met people from the Crawley and Horsham Writers Circles and I (or should I say Daisy) sold 6 of my books – result!!
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My husband Allan is doing the London Sprint Triathlon on 27th July.
That’s 750m swim followed by a 20k bike ride and finishing with a 5k run. Al’s a pretty fit guy but he’s also 60 this month, so he’s been training hard for this event. This is what he says about it:
‘I’m doing the London Triathlon in memory of my son Matt and to raise funds for The Compassionate Friends.
It’s 10 years since Matt died and we miss him every day. I think he would have approved of me doing something crazy like this, so please give a donation.
Alreet son! ‘
If you’d like to donate please go to justgiving.com/allantriathlon
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My book, ‘Changing Gear: A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria’ is free on Kindle from tomorrow 15th June to 19th inclusive. UK Bike Week starts tomorrow. Click here for a copy http://tinyurl.com/co5b6ee
This next bit is unrelated but I have to include it in my blog. You would too if you had the opportunity…the other evening I attended the First Woman awards and had my photo taken with Clare Balding!! She’s a very nice woman and she did a great job at the event. Also I seem to remember she did a TV programme about a bike ride in the UK, so mentioning her is not entirely out of place here. Re the photo below, I must learn from Clare how to look at the camera!!
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I looked at the Kindle rankings this morning and saw my book was number 14 in the Kindle travel section. There are 31,445 books in that section! How cool is that?
But then, to use a ‘Pointless’ phrase, things got even more exciting, when I checked the Kindle non-fiction rankings. There are 1,090,000 books in this section and Changing gear is number 179!!!!
This is probably too many numbers for this time in the morning, so I’m going to stop now and go to the V&A and get inspired.
Thanks to everyone who has bought/downloaded a copy of Changing Gear.
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OK, so I wasn’t going to use any more alliteration in my titles but this one fitted so well I couldn’t help it!
Took it very easy today, stopped for an espresso after half a mile then cycled to Amble – approx 2 miles, had a look around, quick cup of tea and cycled back again. I have to tell you that cycling back there are two big hills which get the heart rate going. So it was worth doing.
The weather forecast tonight is for icy winds from the north followed by sleet and snow showers so if you’re ‘enjoying’ the same sort of weather it might be a good opportunity to download some free books to your Kindle. My friend Anne Ousby has published 3 books and they are all free tomorrow. Click below for ‘Patterson’s Curse.
The other two books are called: The Leopard Man and The Last Iceberg. My lack of computing skills prevents me from putting the links here. But you know how to do it anyhow…. happy reading