Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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We are luckier over here as I get out most weeks. Sometimes I wish I hadn't and this morning was one of those. After Xmas and only one other rider so were going to have a quick blast to the coast - coffee and back. 5 miles in and I wanted a breakfast so change of route and hit the hills. Up a trail and and 150m climb in 1/2 mile. We call the path the White one. Pure chalk with clay in the hollows and ruts. Not an easy climb and the not made easier with the clay covering the chalk. Got to the top and it started raining- and it did not stop. Ground was a bit dry so decided to hit the woods with the dryer soil. No way was it dry- mud in most places and a thick covering of decaying leaves on the rest. Got to breakfast and it rained more. The mud on the way back got deeper and softer and made the bike very heavy. Sense took over and abandon that route and get back on the road for a quick ride home. May have been quicker but it was almost as dirty. Got home Soaked, cold but elated. Most of our riding this winter has been on the recognised trails that on most occasions are well drained chalk. Has made for a sensible ride but not too aspiring. Today we chanced the true off road in not the ideal conditions and it was fantastic. Attachment was when we got back after 5 miles on the road to wash off most of the mud. Bit of washing to do before I am allowed back in the house again.Sorry about no pictures on the ride, but water and electronics don't mix.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 03-09-08 at 03:30 PM.