Hello, my name is Mal Tabb.
Thanks for visiting our web pages. Marion & I operate a small outdoor activity organisation called Canoes, Mountains & Caves. We provide activities for: adults, young people, schools, charities, families & individuals. A key aspect of our work is the provision of a "Community Programme" which is offered free of charge to participants. If you think we might be able to help please don't hesitate to contact us, you can find out more about what we do on our main website www.canoesmountainscaves.com

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Speed Machine

Its been a busy start to 2012 at Blaithwaite, the In2venture weekend was followed on Wednesday by the arrival of a church from Lancaster who hold their annual mid-year conference at the Centre. It was great to be able to welcome back many familiar faces & see the conference so well attended.

This week sees the start of a planned 2 week shut down to undertake some major works at Blaithwaite - more of this to follow!

The busy Centre has prevented me from exploiting the welcome settled dry & sunny weather we have enjoyed for the last few days so this morning I tried out, for the first time, this year's Christmas present from Kay. I am no bike expert & in fact I don't always get on that well with them! However, I guess that in the road bike world this one is now a bit of a vintage classic - a Raleigh with Reynolds 501 frame - 20 years old, or more?? (if anyone knows I'm sure you'll tell me). We got the bike from "Rebike" in Carlisle, its a social enterprise which recycles old bikes providing training & employment opportunities for folk who have been out of work for some time.
This mornings trip was through the lanes & hamlets around Blaithwaite, its good cycling territory with undulating terrain which is relatively free from traffic. Getting used to the "thumb wide" tyres; toe clips and twitchy cornering  was interesting, however, on the flat or slightly downhill sections I cannot ever recall traveling faster under my own propulsion! Some adjustment on the gears & brakes will be necessary before a next outing but a very positive start.
View South into the Northern Fells Across Farmland From Aikbank

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