View Full Version : Another milestone achieved. Hill monster defeated, normal service resumed. ;-)

09-30-2013, 12:23 PM
Today I managed to do my old upwong bike route around the island that is the next town over.
My cycle computer says it is over 10 miles in total distance and because of my rest-stops to guzzle some milk and enjoy sitting in the sun my average speed was a lowly 3mph.
But! the max speed was a creditable 26mph (downhill assisted, I must add).

The 2 hills I was concerned about were managed ok. On the way out I was lucky in that I was able to spin all the way to the summit before I had to stop to give way, but then it was my turn to go.
The steeper bit (the other side of the same hill) was a bit of a cheat in that I stayed on the footway/sidewalk on the wrong side of the road and ground my way to the top and then did a U-turn in a little car-park and joined the mini-roundabout junction with some priority (it pays to cheat a little bit).

This is my first "stop" on the Island on top of the Sea Wall looking back towards Benfleet (my town) in the distance.
http://s5.postimg.org/5p3svowv7/P1010597.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/5p3svowv7/)

This one is looking along the creek "Smallgains Creek" towards leigh-on-sea

http://s5.postimg.org/kz3o2vsdf/P1010596.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/kz3o2vsdf/)

Following along this bumpy gravel path all the way round this "back-edge" of the Island you come to "The Point" where I grew up (12 - 19yrs)

http://s5.postimg.org/69e8kn0pv/P1010599.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/69e8kn0pv/)

From the same spot looking West (upriver) you can see the sea-wall stretching into the distance. The water you see is the mighty river Thames. The yellow flag you can see peeking out on the right is the flag on my trike.

http://s5.postimg.org/esxmie92b/P1010602.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/esxmie92b/)

There is still a lot of sea-going traffic on the Thames as upriver from here is Tilbury one of the UK's largest container ports.

http://s5.postimg.org/s7apeffqb/P1010600.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/s7apeffqb/)

Time for a rest and a sit in the sunshine and drink a pint of milk while looking at the shore (tide is out) and the river between here and the county of Kent on the other side.
http://s5.postimg.org/gaj2tydsz/P1010604.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/gaj2tydsz/)

So, the "hill monster" has been defeated, and my ability to undertake my route of old is confirmed.
Now it is just practice, practice, practice to establish stamina and lose some weight because I now know it is doable again.



09-30-2013, 12:42 PM
...nice scenery over that way Dan. Many years back when working for Foster Wheeler we did a few visits to Tilbury power station to do some pipe welds. Also a bit further down at Dungeness nuclear plant. Ahh yes, happy days, and I still glow in the dark...:)

09-30-2013, 01:08 PM

Goood , glad the daemons are being defeated.

From one of your other posts you mention your legs burning , that's fine as long as your knee's don't hurt.

I only had legs burning once after a Sunday ride [ about 24 miles ] I was returning from my tea stop as I did a small climb I saw a MTB rider coming up behind me all lycra and nobbley tyres , I was on my 2 wheel SWB bent quite a speedy bike when not ridden by an old f*rt like me.

I waited for the flat bit and set off as fast as I was able after about 1 mile could see he was gaining on me so I gave it my all through the village , I could feel my breath on my thighs [ not nude ! but wearing shorts ] and eventually my legs started to burn about another 1/4 mile and I gave in to youth and he cruised pass me only to turn right 50 yards in front of me !*^&%$$" and disappear into a housing estate !

If I had just hung on a little longer , I broke down and cried and nearly didn't go home , luckily there was only him as a witness and I have got over it .......

regards Paul

ps looks a like place to ride , hope the Fox is performong well.

09-30-2013, 04:39 PM
Way to go Danny, next thing you know you'll be doing 2 laps at 6 mph, then a century can't be far behind. (maybe a metric century first) Now you know you can really do this.


09-30-2013, 05:32 PM
Nice job. Glad to hear that you are springing back so quickly.

What's up with that empty waterway with all the boats sitting on the ground?

@Stormbird: Don't know what you would breakdown after being passed, after 24 miles I'd say you had achieved a lot to be proud of!


09-30-2013, 05:55 PM
Congratulation Danny- One step at a time and you'll wonder why you though it was so hard. Great photo show there. Thanks for sharing.

09-30-2013, 06:20 PM
Thanks everyone,

I am so thrilled to be able to retrace my steps and cover my old route (mostly) on my new bike.

The only bit that foiled me was an off-set arrangement of steel railings placed so as to allow bikes but not cars through along the sea-wall path, I got through the first gate OK, but the exit gate was narrower than the entry gate and was about 6" too narrow for the Trike to get through.
Luckily, this arrangement occurs at a yacht-builders yard and their roadway & slipway is in-between the 2 gates so I just cycled through their yard and and took a little detour to come back up on the wall further along.

The reason all the boats are on the mud is that the creek is entirely tidal and at low tide (as it was when I went through today) all the boats at the shallow (inland) end are high & dry. At high tide, they are all afloat.

I really ache like the very ***** after all the effort today, so I will have a rest day tomorrow (painting my house) to recuperate.

But again, I have to say I am delighted in both the bike and my progress.
It was only 164 days ago that my hip joint was completely replaced and to be honest I did not think I would be getting this far so soon (my dear wife thinks I am mad).

Best wishes to all,


09-30-2013, 06:45 PM
Well Done! Its all go now!
Steve G

10-01-2013, 08:40 AM
Wow, that would really seem to devalue the benefit of having the dock!


10-02-2013, 03:12 AM

Keep at it , but gently have as many rest days as ride days if your rides are long , and use it for all those short into town trips as Tesco say ' every little helps '

But again, I have to say I am delighted in both the bike and my progress.
It was only 164 days ago that my hip joint was completely replaced and to be honest I did not think I would be getting this far so soon (my dear wife thinks I am mad).

To be honest I don't consider it worth doing UNLESS the wife thinks it's mad !