“But you’ll look sweet,Upon the seat, Of a bicycle made for two.”
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 for their new life together in Auchterarder in Perthshire.
You can read the full story of their joy of doubling up in this article from the Strathallan Times – when Matildas Musings became a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2016. There’s also a humorous account of being On a Bicycle Made for Two in Highland Perthshire which appeared on the Rannoch and Tummel tourist board website, as well as this article which appeared in Scottish Cycling magazine.
During a bout of madness (or an alcohol induced moment of bravado) they decided to book a tandem cycling holiday to France 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.
And believe it or not they enjoyed the French trip so much – they decided to continue both their adventures on Matilda … and the blog! And they booked a similar adventure for September 2015 – this time the trip was the Vineyards and Beaches of Bordeaux.
And that was such a success that they are continuing their adventures on Team Matilda – and the blog – throughout 2016, having booked another French adventure for September. This time the trip is a trip along the Loire Valley.
The main characters in the blog are:
Matilda – aka 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 Pilot – aka 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 and have a laugh at Matilda’s Musings.
If you want to get in touch with the mad tandemers then please use the contact box below the video. We will be delighted to hear from you – as long as you don’t ask if Di has to pedal too!!
Colin and Diane