Today the weather was bright and sunny but with 25mph of westerly wind. I decided against my original idea for a long ride. Although it is tempting to ride as many miles as possible with one week to go before I start riding from Lands End, I suppose it’s more important to be rested and uninjured. Realistically I am unlikely to gain much more fitness now.
The weather forecast looked as if the wind would drop a bit in the afternoon so I waited until 15:30 before going out but it was still very windy. I did a few other LeJog related jobs. I am still tweaking the route and every time I go through a section I get a bit more familiar with it. I adjusted the straps on my helmet so it is a snug fit now that (hopefully) I will not be needing a beanie. I brought out my new Ortileb back roller panniers and packed them up with the things on my packing list and put them on the bike. I am keeping things as light as possible and the panniers weigh 6kg. A grab bag of Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps only weighs 50g so I can take plenty of them! I also use a front box for stuff I might need easy access to.
I set off at 15:30 without a plan and headed into Bridport. I had to stop and move the panniers back as my heels kept touching. I then headed out through Broadoak and felt myself drawn to Mutton Street, the hill that rises out of the Marshwood Vale to the village of Marshwood. The hill is about a mile long, 500 feet of ascent and a conservative estimate of the steepest bit is 18%. So it was good to get up that on the loaded bike. I wound my way up and down on small lanes lined with primroses and wood anemones to Forde Abbey. There is a magnificent fountain in the gardens which can offer entertainment on a hot sunny day.
I continued on to Winsham, Drimpton, Broadwindsor and then cut across to Loders before returning via the Bride Valley. 35 miles and just over 3000’ of ascent. Half a Lejog day – hopefully without the wind.
Husband had been busy buying gifts in my absence. There is a nifty cable lock for bike security. It has taken him 10 exasperated minutes before I mastered how to use it. The second gift is a flexible waterproof Bluetooth keyboard.
This is so I can type the blog easily when I am too tired to use the keyboard on my iPhone. The third gift is some Finishline ceramic wet lube – a small bottle to take with me. (For my bicycle chain) Husband is keen on lube.
The Ride with GPS track is here.