When you’re a cyclist you begin to appreciate the passing of the seasons much more than your normal commuter.
Last time I was on my bike — which was (shamefully) on April 17 — the trees were bare skeletons holding their arms up to the sky; today they were adorned in green, creating wonderful leafy tunnels under which to ride. London truly comes into its own when its trees are wearing their full attire.
Although there is one drawback at this time of year: the London plane trees — of which there must be thousands across this city — decide to dump their pollen all at once. The air is currently thick with the stuff. It catches in the back of your throat. It makes your eyes red and itchy. And it makes you sneeze.
I’ll be glad when those pesky flowers and the young leaves (which shed short, stiff hairs) are gone. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying being back on the bike. I could do with the exercise!
Today’s roundtrip total distance: 12.28 miles | Ride time: 71min and 53sec | Average speed: 11.04 mph | Top speed: 20.4 mph