Only a seven mile shopping ride in a cold wind. A small bird of prey almost took my head off as it was disturbed by Jackdaws. The braces/suspenders are proving well worthwhile and the cost per mile falling with every ride.
Less pleasant was changing the sensor's 20-32 button batteries for my Wireless Sigma 16.12 STS CAD cadence computer. Struggling in freezing cold, windy conditions I dropped the lid of the cadence sensor. The tiny, metal, spring contact clip on the edge of the lid vanished into the gravel. So no cadence readings from now on. Bøøger! Sigma is obviously aware of such senior moments [by all ages] and sells the sensor battery "doors" as spares in the US for $3. Now all I need is a Danish dealer to avoid massive, minimum postal and import charges. The two, main, online bike dealers could not help.
A new cadence sensor is about £20 equiv. The complete computer with sensors nearly £40 [equiv.] bought online. The Sigma has been quite brilliant. Vastly better than any other computer I've ever tried and relatively inexpensive for a cadence reading. Nice big screen with decent sized numerals to avoid the need for reading glasses. The display head uses a rotary motion to lock into place instead of the usual, linear missile launching ramp.
Tuesday 7th 32F, 0C, very light winds but a heavy overcast. Light flurries of snow turned to frozen rain and then petered out as I walked to the village and back. Several of the local ponds have Coots pottering about now. A pair on one village pond did very well last year but another pair produced no offspring at all. Constantly moving flocks of Redwings can sometimes come together in their hundreds in a single tree. But seem to break down to smaller flocks for most of the time. They happily forage amongst the blackbirds out on the larger lawns. No sign of yesterday's Mute swans today. Busy on a project so no ride today.
Wednesday 8th 32-37F, 0+3C, breezy and very, very, very grey. Walked my usual forest route backwards. No, not that kind of backwards. I simply meant that I walked it anticlockwise and wasn't looking for a free proficiency badge from the Guinness Book of Slightly Unusual Irritations. The forest floor was looking a bit threadbare today. No sign of any wolves as reported on the Danish news.
The Danish post office is badly broke[n] and will sack 40% or 4000 staff. Reducing deliveries for ordinary mail to once a week. With an express service for those willing to pay for it. Packet deliveries are said to have halved too. Which is a bit odd considering the success of local supermarkets taking over responsibility for accepting and handing over packets. The shelves are often full of packets waiting to be collected. PostNord also want a huge handout from the taxpayer. No ride today as it turned wet and windy at lunchtime.