The dogs still need exercising though and when I took them out for their usual walk I was so exhausted I had to sit down along the way and slept for a couple of hours on my return. I'm miserable off the bike, too.
So yesterday I hit on the perfect solution. When the going gets tough, the tough...fold. I turned to my trusty Brompton folding bike.
The advantage of the Brompton is that I can fit the bike, a dog crate and two excited spaniels into the back of the car. So that's what I did. It's a ten minute drive to a disused railway line near my home. An early victim of Dr Beeching, it is now popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.
|The spaniels, having fun with the Brompton|
And it worked. We were out for about 40 minutes. I had a very easy-paced ride on the flat, the dogs had a hurtle and this time when we got home, the spaniels were the ones in need of a snooze!