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So, last weekend was my furthest ride (70 miles) for a long time, at least two if not three years. And hard, 1500m of steep hard climbing. So this weekend I planned to take it easy. Then Karl sent out an email to the Core Team asking if we were up for a ride.
The plan soon became a road ride this morning. Out to Chipping and through the Trough of Bowland, with a bail out option for Karl and me at Chipping.
Weather was good, warm, cloudy, and not much wind. We set out at a steady pace. Joe had my panniers on as a final shake down for his Land’s End to John O’Groats ride next week. To make it more real, he had a full box of 50 Go energy bars in one pannier. Ian was on his brand new Independent Fabrications touring bike, again in readiness for LeJog. It is a cool bike, cream with red lettering, red Chris King headset and hubs, Brookes leather bar tape, Swift honey saddle. Angry bees Chris King hub sound every time he free wheeled.
We got to Chipping in fairly short order, despite one of Joe’s panniers jamming in his spokes. Eventually he took it off and shoved it in the other, newer and better pannier. At Chipping we had a decision, do we carry on round the Trough or head back. I was feeling OK and decided to carry on.
Dunsop Bridge came up pretty quickly and a stop for tea and tea cakes in the sunshine. Then we set off to Marshaw and Boundary Hill. Several miles of steep! Although I stopped a few times, I rode it all and faster than last week.
Then it was back to Scorton and a zig zag through the lanes to Myerscough and the familiar roads home.
Total distance 65 miles, so not quite the leisurely spin I had intended, but it was good to be out with the guys again.