For those of you around in the 80’s you may remember a duo called Salt and Pepper who had a hit called “Let’s talk about sex” however this song played in my head “Let’s talk about mud baby” 😉
Saturday’s ride really was a fantastic ride, it started with our usual meet at the Bell carpark and a discussion about our attire, now the weather is cooler it is leading to more layers while we test what works without us getting too hot, one of us had taken to wearing our husband’s gear and received some friendly jibes and a new fun name of “fashion princess” (we later during this ride all found deserving names)
We decided on a route that we haven’t done for quite some time out over Headley, we were soon in for a muddy and slippery surprise, climbing Alsation was quite hard with the wet leaves and roots, at times pedaling and not actually getting very far but we made it to the top. From there we went past “life on mars” and just headed up past the golf course, and yup it was muddy!
From there right down the bridleway , across the road and through the woods to the junction that leads to Headley Heath, I there took the wrong turning leading to my nickname of “Lost Lass”.
We found each other and headed out on Headley heath up the sandy,stoney trail, that was hard work with the boulders, then we took a left turn, (where I will need Debbie to add detail to this post).
I do remember dark greasy mud that swallows your wheels but causes nothing but laughter. Then there is the lighter brown gritty mud which does spit at you but allows wheel movement. Dark greasy mud normally has suspicious puddles but lighter brown gritty mud has puddles you can cycle through. Dark greasy mud grabs your wheels and makes you feel like your wheel is going to fall off. Light brown gritty puddles make you dirty but allow you to cycle through.
I think there are 3 types of mud and 2 types of puddles, I was never a mud expert before 😉 So having climbed a hill of mud we reminded ourselves of “mud, mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cleaning the blood” 😉
Our gears and tyres were full but on we ploughed, using water from our bladder packs to clear the mud and allow us to continue.
There were some great assault courses too where you can choose greasy mud or try and stick to the sides with tyre grooves and choose tyre grooves or a barbed wire fence (I am really selling this ride aren’t I 😉 )
Up into Reigate we cycled up to the Oparium where the view was astounding and we took a group photo.
With just 1 hour to go before we would be home (according to Debbie, now know as Fibber Femole) we headed home through more mud, the 4 mudkateers; Fashion Princess, Tumble Totty, Lost Lass and Fibber Femole, wading our way through mud and puddles.
To think we could be at home doing house work or shopping for handbags “YAWN”
Bring on the mud, I haven’t laughed so much in ages, never has exercise been so much fun.