Another ride through the mud, lovely! I did take the opportunity to snap some more footage on the Samsung U10 mini HD camcorder though.
I had been hoping the rain would have eased off, but rain during the week had left conditions muddy and wet. The actual ride though was dry and we even saw a bit of sun which sort of made up for it.
Myself, Jem, Lee, Erick and Tony made up the starting grid for the ride and the first decision of the day was what direction to head in. This was made slightly more difficult as we watched several groups of orienteers run past heading down the Admirals Track. We opted to head for Leith Hill and headed down to add in a loop round the side of the field that avoids Wiggly Wood. Here we encountered the first mud of the day and it stood us in good stead as we headed off at a steady pace.
From the video you can see our slow and steady descent down Landrover before pushing over the A25 and heading up the vandalised Rookery climb, now little more that a wide smooth climb. No longer technical it’s just steep and had my heart rate pumping as I heaved the SS to the top.
Mud up Wolverns Lane isn’t the worst once you know which bit of the track to be on and we opted to head up towards the bomb holes by the cricket pitch. At this point it dawned on me that it was the first I was going to ride past the top of Deliverance since my off back in December. My mind then wandered to the tower that day and the treacle tart.
Excellent though it was, it made me feel sick but obviously prevented any chance of a sugar dip! I was thinking a couple of bits of flapjack might be the better choice. Lee and I discussed some logos and wording for possible sticker choices that the Moles may commission and we soon found ourselves grabbing hold of the climb to the tower. Disaster struck on reaching the summit as flapjack was OFF the menu. Two Eccles cakes were hastily substituted and we had a brief chat before heading to Personal Hygiene (see video) and off towards WaggleDance before a quick blast down Summer Lightning.
After Summer Lightning we started back towards Wolverns Lane and stumbled upon Paul. Now, regular readers will know Paul is often late at the start but meeting up at 11:30 sets new standards. He was however in some distress as his chain had a very bent link in it.
Tony and I heaved a bit with two allen keys but decided Mr Powerlink was the answer and guided Paul though popping a link out and replacing the bent one with the new link. Job done, Paul joined us for some extra miles and we pushed on at a quick pace as Lee was now concerned about the ETA.
White Down got the better of me and by now Erick was also feeling the effects of a busy week. We kept going though and the good weather meant that the trails nearer Polesden Lacey were full of walkers enjoying the better weather so our pace was kept in check. Some 22 miles covered by the time I returned home and a whooping 4200 calories burnt off. I can vouch for this as I couldn’t stop eating all afternoon!