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Holme Moss Special Blog
Luce Smith, Features Writer
Holme Moss Summit photo by James Creegan
I did it! I did it, I did it!

The training plan actually didn't go to plan, which I guess is no surprise! But, at least I knew what was ahead of me! I haven't been on my bike for about 5 weeks, as I decided to finally get myself a rescue dog. More on that later.......

Saturday morning, bit windy, bit cloudy. Took the dog out for a walk, came back and had lunch. Then got it in my head that I had to get on my bike and to the top of Holme Moss. I was a bit nervous, but what's the worst that could happen? I have to turn round and admit more training is needed? I hopped on my bike, set my Garmin up, and I was off.

La la la, la di da da, tra la la.....

Climb number one: I've had a few goes at this bit, so know what's coming. It's steep, but steady away, it's do-able. There were people walking on the other side of the road, are they walking faster than me?? Don't think about it, keep pedalling......

Climb number two: slowly up to Lane Village. Not really a climb, but it's not down hill, and I'm knackered so anything is difficult!

Climb number three: the twisty twervy bit of road. Keep going steady. It's a bit windy and it's not blowing in the right direction for me, it's against me. What did I do wrong?! A few cars pass, possibly thinking "don't bother love, ya'll not make it, just get ya'sen home and paint ya nails".... I keep pedalling.

Climb number four: sheep are on the road on this section, which is of no use at all. I'm not stopping for them! Luckily, a car passes and the sheep trot off into the grass verge. Not looking too pretty really, as their coats were all dishevelled. Must bring a hair brush for them next time.

Luce at the top
Climb number five: the last mile up. It seems to take forever. The clouds move over, the wind picks up, and the drizzle begins. I can see the car park, and the ice cream van, but know that the actual top, is past there by about 200metres. There is a three quarter mile marker and I know I am going to struggle up the last bit. Out of the saddle, I get some energy back. The half mile mile marker must be here somewhere......but if it is, I didn't see it, as the next one said quarter mile! Let's smash this! I have little power in my legs, but I persevere. I get past the car park and the ice cream van. I'm glad it's miserable weather as I didn't bring any pennies, and this is not weather for ice cream!

I see the summit sign, and my legs power up. Wohooooooooo! I did it! (Photo for evidence!) it took me 42 minutes to climb from my house to the summit. It took less than half that time to peddle back, and I got my personal best top speed of 34.5mph. Which I was pleased about until my partner announced his top speeds. Well, it was good for me!

I was so relieved to have completed the climb, and I now feel ready to go up and round, with my partner for encouragement! Although I say encouragement, it will be more a case of me playing catch up! So now I've ticked that off my bucket list, I need a new challenge.

Which you could say is being the owner of a Harrier Hound. (Nothing to do with the Holmfirth Harriers I might add). I visited two dog homes and saw lots of different dogs. But, found it easier than I thought I would, to pick my forever dog. She was called Coco and was over in Thirsk.

Bella
I've never heard of a Harrier Hound before so Research was done. It's going to be a challenge! But she was cute, had lots of energy and bounce, and I felt I could offer her a good home. So a week after visiting her, she was in the car. Barking, with my partner trying to keep her still and calm whilst I drove! What am I doing? Well, a name change has to happen, and I've named her Bella. Bouncy Bella.

I've had her 5 weeks today, and it's been hectic, but lovely. She is settling in well, and I have a lot of reading to do!

Can you believe this, the trains today were mega delayed and disrupted, sadly due to someone jumping in front of a train. Once allowed back on the station, and onto the train, we set off on a different track, but still headed for Leeds. I overheard a commuter saying "well, they could have jumped after rush hour, I mean, this is really messing up my morning". They said that out loud. I kept my head down as I'm fully aware of my face showing every thought I have! Seriously? Not a young person's comment either, I was disgusted.

Anyway, ending on a happy note, my lovely Bella is a Yorkshire Tea drinker. She was offered some (not from me) and drank the lot. It was so funny to watch! Apparently she quite likes beer too......! Such fun!

More articles in this series...
Wheels
Beat The Bounce
The Luce Smith Holme Moss Challenge
Tour De Bicycles And A Fox
New Words, New Skills
Diversion
Time Flies
The Full Monty
Runnin' In The Rain
Spiders
Rant!
Olympimania
Fog On Ingleborough
Crush
Chicken Sausages
Tried To Write Several Times But....
The Yellow Line
Blueberries and Delays
Choral Tuesday
New Commute Route
Graduation Day
Train Spotting
Street Markets and Pools
To Ghana
Back In The Saddle
Delays
Spare Change
For A Day Or Two
Mod-cons At Home?
This Week I Have Been Mostly....
Travelling Long Haul
Australia vs England...
Off We Go!
Ranting After Christmas
Approaching Christmas
Storms
Emergency Aid
Travel Tickets
This Is A Scent...
New Routines
Holme Moss Special Blog, 16th August 2017, 9:33 AM