Spot the difference! Photo 1 was taken two years ago (24/09/19) when I left Ensenada, Baja California, for the third and final time. Ahead of me lay five months of the toughest, most intense and rewarding riding of my life: across the Sierra Tarahumara into the humid depths of the legendary Copper Canyons, over the Sierra Madre via the megalopolis of Mexico City to the beaches of Oaxaca and the Chiapas Highlands. I shared photos as I went, but most of the stories are yet to be told. Watch this space...
Photo 2 was taken yesterday (26/09/21), on a 201km day ride across the Cheshire Plain to Wales and back - probably the last big ride of the summer. Hard to believe that two years ago I was riding up mountains with all that gear, day in day out! Cycling has been on the back burner during the year or so I've been back in the UK, which has made space for a lot of other good things. A new relationship, a new home and a successful first year as a freelancer have all enriched my life this year. Anniversaries always prompt reflection and this one is no different. Time to get writing again to process all that has happened and all that awaits.
I took the plunge and bought a road bike, and spent the last couple of weeks trying to keep up with friends who've taken a more structured approach to training than me. Great to get out on the quiet lanes of the old country in good company!
Photos from Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. All 📷: K. Anderson