Day 1- Chelmsford to High Wycombe

The first day is complete! 60 miles for me, Ellie and Susie Q, and 80 miles for Konrad, Matt and Papa smole. I am amazed by everyone’s efforts, especially the boys for doing the last leg after intense heat and rough terrain!

The route today was a fairly easy cycle out of Chelmsford, it involved a quick-tips session with papa about how to cycle efficiently which helped a lot. It then got tougher as we reached the busy outskirts of London, several detours were made and things were very stopy-starty. (That’s an official term) This made it hard to keep momentum going!

Next challenge was the off-road terrains we were faced with on the cycle paths. Sand, rocks, gravel and crater-filled concrete put a spanner in the works when it came to riding fast. Nevertheless, we all powered through and finally got off the beaten track.

Highs of the day include several sing-songs, a rabbit running across the road, arriving at the premier inn.

Low points of the day include needing a wee and not being able go in the woods, a dead rabbit, sore bums, Konrad’s nipple rash, my constantly twitching thumb from the ride making it hard to type!

Tomorrow we cycle 90 miles to Frome. But first things first, sleeeeeeep.

More pictures to follow tomorrow when I have the energy! In the mean time, this is what colour konrad’s bath went.

P.S apologies for any spelling/grammar errors, my brain is not in gear. No pun intended!

Dirty bath water

 

Dirty bath water

 

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Bike Bars

So tomorrow we cycle to cornwall EEK. After weeks of waiting, hard work (for some…) and excitement the time has finally come! Chelmsford to Cornwall in 5 days. Some call us crazy, others say we have been brain washed by cycling aliens, I agree with them all. But we are certainly ready for an adventure!

So prepare for a week of lycra filled pictures, dodgy bikers tans and possibly a few grazes. Prepare for stories of singing cyclists, crying cyclists, lost cyclists and sleepy cyclists. Prepare like I have prepared for this ride… (I have not.) But I did prepare in the food department! Yes fatty over here may not care about the size of her muscles, but she does care about the happiness of her tummy; behold bike bars.

They are dead easy to make, lowfat, high energy, and perfect to enjoy after walking the dog in the park, or with a cup of tea when the weather gets more British.  I hope I have room for a few in my rucksack.

Flapjack

You will need:

  • 397g tin of condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 300g of your favourite muesli- if you are on a budget Lidl’s own is great
  • 50g mixed seeds
  • 150g mixed dried fruit

. Set the oven to 150C and line a tin with baking parchment, the smaller it is the thicker the bars

. Heat the condensed milk and golden syrup in a heavy based saucepan for around 7 minutes. Then add the muesli, seeds, and dried fruit

. Stir the mix together so it forms a thick paste and the condensed milk has coated all the ingredients

. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray and place on the middle shelf of your oven for around 30 mins until slightly chewey but golden on top. The longer you bake them, the crunchier they become.

Wish us luck and check back here tomorrow to see how our first day went!

Flapjack