Went to Bury on saturday to spend my winnings at the Leisure Lakes shop there. I’ve decided I don’t like Bury, not for any particular reason, it just seems a bit grotty…as did the shop, whose entrance was helpfully hidden round the back of a frozen food store, up some incongruous looking stairs, past a buzzer controlled door :-/
Bought myself a new helmet to fit my pea sized head, some muc off on a BOGOF offer and another tube of nuun tablets with the vouchers…and was given cash change for the remainder, which was surprising. Angela and I then jumped back in the car and headed over to Hebden Bridge for a little ride in the sunshine round the valleys.
I get the sneaking suspicion angela didn’t enjoy the climb out of Hebden Bridge towards stoodly pike very much…despite my attempting to make it as shallow a gradient as possible you don’t get much of a choice round those parts, you’re either at the bottom of a hill, at the top of a hill or at about 45degrees and wheezing like a woodbine smoker!
Still, once you’re up you’re up and the rest of the route was nice, though our planned stop for some lunch at the stubbing wharf was halted by not being able to even get close to the pub itself due to huge numbers of people enjoying the weather and the cider festival! We ended up driving back over to the top brink for a pint of timothy taylor and some pub grub after finishing the ride on the way home as it looked the least packed of all the pubs we saw!
I headed out on Sunday morning for a 4.5hr ride over Darwen Tower and Rivi, met Wayne on his was back from a ride and then proceeded to boil myself in the heat. Even worse than being in the sun was being in the shaded woods where the humidity was just awful – it felt like being in a rainforest (i imagine, having never actually been to a rainforest). Still, I got round 55.88 miles @ 13.9mph and did 6735ft climbing without the brake pads melting in the nasty, sticky mud