17 November 2008

Cycling with my son

I took my son out on the bike yesterday - nothing out of the ordinary there, but this time we did a bit more than just 'round the block'.

Things have moved on quite a bit since the picture included here - so it was high time to widen his horizons... a little. We went to St Mary's park in Prestwich, then (after the obligatory play on the climbing walls and spider webs) crossed the A56 and went into Prestwich Clough. It was muddy and bumpy, but the afternoon was clear and sunny in that November way, the paths lined thick with golden leaves and flanked by mighty trees and the somber tombstones of a cemetery. Plenty of people about though, so no chance to stop for a much needed 'wee'.

This was me capitalising on the pre-C2C bike ride of three weeks ago, when I first cycled that way, so I had hoped to make it to Radcliffe. Sadly, it was getting dark (and cold) so we bailed out at Clifton Rd and back to Prestwich, more or less completing a circle.

My boy was exhilarated - the world just got bigger! Cold and hungry, but happy. Same with me. Worth every mile.


David Hembrow said...

Riding the C2C is good, but riding with your son is in many ways better IMO.

Start them young !

Anonymous said...

I agree with David here. Riding with my son is one of my favourite pasttimes- it's so great to be able to make him so full of life...

Nonetheless I'll be following your C2C story and rooting for you ;)

coco said...

Comrades! Thank you for your comments.

One day I do hope to do the C2C with my children - best of both worlds. In the meantime, let's just say I'm doing 'reconnaisance'.