On Sunday I'm providing support vehicle services for MOH while he completes a 100 mile cycle around Essex. The ride starts near Kelvedon Hatch, which has a secret nuclear bunker - well perhaps not that secret as it's got a website. But anyway, he needs to start by 9am and has to finish by 5pm when the course closes.
So that means an early start as we're easily an hour away from the start line, and of course the bike won't strap itself to the car beforehand. The weather forecast isn't looking great, it's much the same as now, so you see what I mean.
It also means a day hanging around in Essex for me and MOH has helpfully been sending me websites to things I might do, including the secret nuclear bunker and local National Trust properties. In all fairness it's likely I might do some of that, maybe even the secret nuclear bunker. I think he really wants to do that, but we'll see...
I am of course, capable of planning my own day and you'll not be surprised to know I've already had some ideas. You're right I could take my own bike and pootle about nearby, but as I can't get it back on the car myself it then becomes a bit of a liability. And if it rains, well there's no point being out in it if you don't need to be is there?
So I have other, more sedate plans.
Stocking up on local information
I thought I might start my day of reading about the local area, so I've downloaded the July edition of Essex Life. If I was visiting almost any other county, I could download their magazine too, or more generally Country Life, or perhaps Country Living. Actually I'm going to download those too, as I do like Country Life and Country Living sounds an interesting read.
Upping my cycling game
So having discovered the local information perhaps I should be sympathetic to MOH's 100 mile challenge. To show support I could have a read of August's edition of Cycle Sport, which interestingly has an article on the Tour of California. We're hoping to go to the States next year and I wondered how easy it would be to get my cycling holiday fix in. Maybe I'll find out.
Or there's Cycling Weekly I could try, but that sounds a bit of a commitment to keep, and might be above my more social cycling. I'm not sure many of the bikes featured in either of these magazines will have wicker baskets. Clearly in my opinion that's wrong and I'd love one day to do one of these sportives on my own bike, just to show them how wrong they are. I have to be a bit better before I actually sign up, until then I'll do some cycle reading.
Getting into the homes and garden mood
As part of my day will most likely be visiting at least one of the local National Trust properties, something like Period Homes & Interiors and Gardeners World would get me into the right mood. Or perhaps The English Garden whose July edition has a feature on the Romance of the Rose, which was by chance the flower of our recent holiday in the Loire Valley.
And if I'm feeling peckish
Well I'll need food at some point won't I? But I'm not sure quite when I should be reading the food magazines as I don't want to make myself hungry. There's plenty of favourites to choose from in this category including Good Food and Olive which I have paper subscriptions too. Or I could flick through Sainsbury's magazine or Eat in, or I could get tips and inspiration for the allotment in Grow your own. Although most likely I'll be reading about all the things I should be doing, it seems we play catch up on our plot!
And if I've time
I could catch up with a flick through my favourite "women's interest" magazines like Prima, Woman & Home, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, oh boy how my tastes have changed!
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This is a collaborative post with Readly, but all opinions are my own.