It was 4 weeks ago I last got out on my off-road bike.
Things and the horrid weather just seem to get in the way.
So I was quite chuffed this morning when I saw the sun shining and the wind was just about 10mph.
Still I had to scrape ice off the car windows before I could head downsward.
On my bike – hurrah – but within a mile I had got both feet soaking wet as I misjudged the depth of the water filled ruts.
So a big Christmas thank you to those lovely Merino Sheep who donated thier wool to my socks !
The paths were in turn rutted with deep puddles, muddy, slippery chalk and sort of OK’ish.
There was one section for about a 1/4 mile where I had to relearn the art of pointing the handlebars about 30°’s to the rear wheel – what fun!
3 more deep puddles, some climbs and descents – 12.5 miles at a snails pace – and I had done enough.
All told it was great to be back in the fresh air.