Well November has come, and along with it, rain, rain and more rain. But you can’t let a bit of water stop you doing what has to be done.
Even though it was tipping it down – water was washing down the roads and paths, taking silt and leaves with it and creating deep puddles – it was great to get out on the South Downs earlier today.
I was glad I had put on a pair of new mud friendly tyres yesterday and moved up to 27.5 inch wheels – I only lost traction twice and these were as much down to me not being ready for some deep wet mud and then putting too much traction climbing up a wet chalky slope as to the tyres. And I was glad I knew the tracks as visibilty was down to about 50m in places. Alas my waterproof trouses have now finally bitten the dust – after 12 years of occassional service.
For some reason I cannot fathom how to upload the route map since programme updates have made some unwanted changes – pdf’s will “load” but you can’t view them – anyway the route was very basic – Jack and Jill car park to Ditchling Beacon and then back via some excursions south – a lowly but enjoyable 5+ miles before water seepage into my gloves, through my over trousers and down collar caused my head to rule and call it day.