I have to travel six miles to work and six miles back, of late I've been somewhat annoyed at the start/stop nature of the commute, it seems like a complete waste of money and petrol so made a conscious effort that once the weather improved I would start cycling...secretly I was hoping for a monsoon but that never happened.
So far in a week I covered over 60 miles and weirdly I've enjoyed it except the up hill bits but even now I'm cycling these though it was rather embarrassing when a 11 year old on a BMX with a flat rear wheel overtook me, he giggled too as he went pass, I would've swotted the little twerp but I was to knackered :o).
The other reason for cycling was to shed a bit of weight too. On the way to work there is a short little path that not many people use, it's not very long and isn't much of a shortcut to work, I think it was once part of the old Northampton/Bedford railway line, as it is the path passes under the existing railway line, you have to get off your bike to get pass some tricky gates (stops kids on motorbikes) zig-zag a down hill path and pass another set of tricky gates before you cycle along a level gravel path with steep embankments either side, it definitely feels like an old railway cutting as a result of the tricky gates and it not being a shortcut not many cyclist nor pedestrians come along it.
But it's a little gem of a place, every morning the dawn chorus has been getting louder and louder, everything from Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming some Blackcaps and Chiff-Chaffs, the cycle home has highlighted the other aspect of this pathway, I counted six species yesterday, mostly Orange Tips and weirdly mostly males and with my mouth open gasping for air I've collected plenty of bugs too!
I went back on Sunday (by bike) with my camera Blackcaps and Chiff-Chaffs were what I was after so was the Peregrine I'd recently blogged about, sadly no sign of the Peregrine and the Blackcaps were sticking to the back of the trees out of "photographic" sight and it's not an excuse look below at the image, no "tidying" nor trimming of trees here......