Having missed Wednesday night’s ride because I didn’t get in from work until 9pm I was presented with the chance of a quick solo ride last night.
I was all ready for Wednesday’s ride. I had even got my bike ready, lights mounted and new helmet light fitted (Thanks Dave) on Tuesday evening, so I would need less time to get sorted on Wednesday. Imagine my surprise when the course at work I was helping run didn’t finish until 7.30, which all in all made it difficult to be at Highlands Garage at the same time – bugger!
Last night I went over to Epsom to see my Mum in hospital. As my wife had the car it was the perfect excuse to ride over. Going over I stuck to the road, trundling through Leatherhead, up Barnett Wood Lane and Craddocks Avenue, then up Epsom Hill and down Dorking Road to the hospital.
Coming home I was just going to do the reverse, when I thought “I could go out the back way, up on to the Downs, and then sneak back along Stane Street”, so I did!
I trundled along quite happily, up and down the long forgotten bits of Stane Street ending up at the top of Alsatian (or as I think of it ‘that trail where I got a branch through my front wheel, went over the handlebars and completely buckled the front wheel’ – not as snappy I know). I whizzed down Alsatian, avoiding a large number of suicidal bunnies, then crossed the by pass and carried on home.
All in all I guess I covered about 12 miles, most of it on the road, but I really needed to get a few miles in for my own sanity.