Yesterday (was meant to be done Sunday – had technical difficulties!) we got Pip and Bee on/in their respective cycles (balance bike/smart trike) and headed to Glasson Dock for the final day of the launch party of the 700th National Cycle Network route, the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way. Morecambe Bay Parternship have worked with Sustrans to develop this 81 mile route taking in some of the best of what the Bay has to offer, and “importantly it is designed so that you’ll never be far from a loo, a view or a brew!” -MBP
There was a great atmosphere and it was really interesting finding out more about the route and the hard work that’s gone into creating it. After the speeches Pip and Bee got balloon models from Bongo Balloons (I say after, but we queued during!). And we dined Al fresco, which of course involved ice cream!
I have to confess that we didn’t actually cycle any of the route, and cheated by driving there. But it was the best way to get Pip going on his balance bike. It’s the best he’s ever ridden it and he was definitely encouraged and inspired by the occasion and seeing lots of other people on bikes. We’re really looking forward to trying out sections of the cycle way as the kids get older/more able… Or as we get more able to carry them!
The chances of this happening for me have been greatly improved by attending this event. Because of my knackered lungs I can’t cycle hills or particularly far. However, I tried out an electric bike with Bespoke eBikes who were attending from Flookborough. What a revelation! I could vary how much assistance the bike gave, so could push myself as much or little as needed and more importantly, I CYCLED UP A HILL!!! And I didn’t burn or collapse before reaching the top! Fantastic! This has made me so happy. In my head I had resigned myself to be staying at home while Daddy and the kids went on bike rides, but this doesn’t have to be our future! Truly life changing. Now, if someone can design electrically assisted hiking boots to get me up big hills, that would be much appreciated. Or perhaps donate me a mountain mule? Or Hodor?
Lovely to see Pip’s little friend who’s Mummy works for MBP Headlands to Headspace project 🙂 It was really nice meeting up with some lovely and inspiring people face to face, rather than just through Twitter! Congratulations to Susannah Bleakley and the Morecambe Bay Morecambe Bay Partnership team for making the Bay Cycle Way happen! Lovely to meet you, albeit briefly with a wriggly Bee demanding to be set down to walk! It was fab to finally meet Emma from Love my Beach 🐬🌊. I have taken on the role of Beach Clean coordinator at work, but due to illness attempts at meeting face to face didn’t happen! Hope you can make our next clean! Great to meet Sarah from Sustrans, a fab charity “enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys.” I hope we can help each other in the future 🙂 And last but by no means least, the lovely Beth, aka Cumbrian Rambler… I don’t know if she knows, but meeting Beth through work inspired me to try blogging 🙂 So thank you very muchly lovely lady for all your retweets etc. I hope you enjoyed a nice cool beverage once you got home!🍻 (also, I will get that book back to you – nag me if you need it quickly! Or call into Castle Head – it’s on my desk!)
Anyways, enough of me and what accidentally sounded like some sort of acceptance speech… Here’s some piccies!