We did our usual Sunday morning cycle on Saturday as the weather forecast was much more favourable!
Jackie, Caroline, Al, Nigel, Roland & John
Good company and the essential cake and coffee stop
We spent a few minutes watching Fallow Deer running across fields and at one point, across the road ahead. There must have been 30 of them and it was such a beautiful sight.
The condition of the roads.
The winter roads can be treacherous. Although not icy today, it was slippy in places. I managed by some miracle to land safely and upright in a hedge after sliding uncontrollably and scarily downhill.
Visibility was really poor at times. Cycling at the rear, it was interesting to observe the visibility of the rest of the group when it became foggy. Hi vis clothing helps but bright, flashing, rear lights make the biggest difference. Many new lights purchased after today’s ride.
New Skills Needed
A problem with her chain within the first five minutes, meant that Jackie couldn’t carry on. No amount of medical, dental or veterinary expertise amongst the group, could fix the problem! A bike maintenance course for at least some of us looms ahead…..
Elevation Gain: 983m
Maximum Speed: 118km/hr. I can only assume it’s an error!