On a bicycle made for two…

us as tandemers sooking wine

Intrepid tandemers Colin and Diane (and some wine!)

Welcome to Matilda’s Musings.

This is a blog about two crazy 50-somethings who happened to fall in love and bought a tandem to have a “something different” hobby,- and enjoy some fun as the song says on a “bicycle built for two” – for their new life together in Auchterarder in Perthshire. Then, during a bout of madness (or an alcohol induced moment of bravado) they decided to book a tandem cycling holiday to indulge their new hobby and combine it with their pre-existing indulgence for enjoying nice wines!

This is the ups and downs, warts and all, story of the tandemers trying to get synchronised with each other’s foibles while at the same time trying to get fit (and comfortable in  the saddle) to do a tandem tour of the Vineyards and Villages of Burgundy – a route covering 150 miles of French countryside (with plenty of stops to sample the local wine) over six days in September 2014.

The main characters are:

Matildaaka the “old lady”, the classic Jack Taylor British-built tandem, who is also a 50-something and also somewhat overweight as she sports her original steel (not light aluminium) frame and some sexy matching panniers. But once she is wound up, she is a real goer and loves nothing more than the wind whizzing between her spokes!

Chief Stoker – aka Diane Lockhart, the other “old gal” on the team who combines her duties of using her youthful energy to faithfully stoke the power to the pedals with her patience and good humour required to be Chief Engineer. Often heard saying: “Of course I’m pedalling” and “Can we move down a gear, this is supposed to be fun!”

Chief Pilotaka Colin Calder, the “old git” on the team who refuses to let long distance, a big hill, or wet weather get in the way of a good tandem ride and who combines his duties of route planning with a meticulous (and often annoying) attention to fine detail. Often heard saying: “Di – are you pedalling?” and “Di, can you fix this!”

We hope you enjoy Matilda’s Musings as she recounts her adventures, trials and tribulations……

 

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