It was a crisp, clear and frosty morning as six moles, Elliot, Kev (no excuses this morning!), James, Andrew (last ride before he moves to down to Salisbury plain way), Lloyd and myself met at Bockett’s car park. Given the recent rains it was decided to head off to Leigh Hill to miss the worst of the mud.
After a quick chat (today it was not a day for hanging around) we headed off a surprisingly mud free (given the recent rains) Admirals trackway and up to Polesden Lacy. Then it was our usual route across to Yew Trees and up to Ranmore. At this point instead of the usual White Down or Landrover we headed straight down Scouting for boys (it starts at the scout camp – in case any of you have any other ideas!). It was skittish, with little traction and branches littering it the whole way down. It certainly got the heart rate jumping!
Next it was across the railway line and round up to Hole lane. At this point the ride changed dramatically as someone shouted “ice” and immediately Lloyd went down, hard. The entire road was completely covered in thick black ice where there had been water running across the road. There was zero traction.
Lloyd was clearly in a bad way, with a great deal of pain so an ambulance was called. More updates on Lloyds condition will follow.
Much subdued we went up walked Lloyds bike up to Westcott and Debbie (Mrs Roadmole) came and picked up Lloyds bike.
There was some group discussion as what to do next but we felt that we should continue (even if it was just to warm up) so we went up to the Westcott church then down to Wolverns. The ride up past the Rookery was fairly clear of mud but still not easy. Along the Wolverns fence line was much more free following than previously since someone has pruned back the holly. Much less risk of catching a bar end now.
We made rapid progress up through Summer lightening 1 and 2, to the bomb holes and up to Deliverance, where we all looked down and decided not to! Then it was down Waggledance (with an “interesting” route choice from James). Summer Lightening 1 and 2 was a blast as usual and in fine condition. Although the bottom half is getting very washed out which does make it a touch more gnarly.
The ride across to Wolverns was pretty muddy, although I’ve seen it worse. Dodging a few walkers it was back down to the Rookery and across to Balchins Lane. Nobody felt like revisting Hole Lane so we headed past the farm and under the railway line to the bottom of scouting for boys. Kevin then suggested the “goat track” which contours up to Ranmore, which gives a fine view to take your mind off the climb.
Once back up to Ranmore, Dearly Beloved was the obvious choice back down. It wasn’t too muddy and it was a blast – for once I wasn’t held up by Kevin. At the bottom we decided that riding up Chapel Lane to our usual night-time cut through was the best option for tired legs. Now it was a slog back up to Bookham as the gloopy mud gripped the tyres, particularly in the deep mud of the bridleway that skirts Wiggly Wood..
Five very MuddyMoles ended up, slightly subdued at the Bockett’s car park. +20 hard miles covered.
Get well soon Lloyd.