Plans For Summer

It has been a while since my last post but fortunately my exams are all over now and I now have over three months of summer, I can’t complain. It has been a tiresome past few weeks, made worse by the amazing weather we’ve experienced in the UK and the fact that I couldn’t get out on my bike or go on any micro-adventures. So I am planning to really make the most of this summer and have a lot already that I am planning to do!

Next weekend sees the start of Le Tour de France and Yorkshire will be in the prime spotlight. I am thoroughly looking forward to this edition and backing Chris Froome, however I think he will have a tough few weeks because rivals like Contador are on top form so should definitely not be overlooked. The second stage of the tour passes not too far from my house so I will be out there on Sunday to show my support, hopefully in the sunshine, so there will be photos from that up on the blog over the next few weeks. As I live so close my friend Tom and I are going to go and ride some of the route tomorrow taking in some of the major climbs as the route passes towards Sheffield. We will then loop round some of the reservoirs in the Peak District before taking on the infamous Winnats Pass and heading back home, via more of the Pennine hills. It should be a fantastic ride, and at the moment fantastic weather, so we are both really looking forward to it. We also might ride some more of the stage towards Harrogate on Thursday! If there is good weather next week I am hoping to fit in another micro-adventure, although with Wimbledon, the World cup, Silverstone, and Le Tour de France I think this weekend will be spent watching a LOT of sport!

Next Thursday I leave for Spain, with my family and my girlfriend. We are staying in the hills outside of Malaga, though not too far from the beach. I am really looking forward to this! Partly because I haven’t been on holiday with my parents for over three years and also because it will be the perfect opportunity to relax. As my mum is a keen photographer I will hopefully be able to further improve my photography skills and get some great shots when on walks and visiting the local areas, or on bike rides! Upon returning from Spain I leave almost immediately for St. Andrews with my girlfriends family. This was great fun last year and I can’t wait for this year, Scotland is such a great country and the train journey up there is certainly one of the most picturesque routes I have ever been on!

In August I will be doing a sportive through the Peak District with Evans Cycles, taking in the major climbs and making the legs hurt a lot! It should be great fun as I have never done a sportive before but have wanted to do one for a while. I am then planning do go on a shorter cycle tour with Tom for a few days around the UK. We haven’t sorted out a route yet, or any destinations, but I don’t think that will take more than a few minutes. I think we’ll be doing it lightweight, sleeping in bivvy’s but definitely stopping for a few pints along the way.

August is a very busy month as I am also flying over to Thailand for a little over three weeks with my girlfriend. It is a trip I am hugely excited for and a chance to experience a whole new culture. It will be the furthest east we have ever been and no doubt a huge eye-opener. We are flying to Bangkok and will probably stay there for a couple of days, seeing the floating markets and temples before we get an overnight train up to Chiang Mai. We will probably spend a few more days in Chiang Mai exploring new places and visiting more temples before we go on a trek through the jungle. We are planning to just book the trek when we are out there so don’t know exactly what it will entail but we really like the idea of going on a tour and staying with a tribe for a night. Many of the tour guides actually give money to conservation projects and the tribes you visit. We think going with these operators will be the best at minimising the effect of our adventure around the jungle, so that it can be preserved for future generations and the people who live and work in the jungle. From Chiang Mai we may get a plane down to Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. From there we will probably go island hopping for about 10 days exploring the vast amount of islands in the Gulf of Thailand, including Ko Pha Ngan.

At the moment I have very little plans for September however it will hopefully include a few micro-adventures, lots of cycles, and quite a bit of rowing. I have a lot to pack into these few months and am really excited about what I have ahead of me. It will no doubt be one of the best summers of my life and I am so glad that I have all my work and exams finished so now I am free to relax and have fun in my three months of freedom!

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