Lark Ride to Eyam 22 Dec 2018
Great tough ride out in the hills.
I can’t actually recall getting home quite as shattered, er, um, well, since last time (after a ride that is, my clubbing excesses must be the subject of another post). I blame the return leg headwind all the way from Eyam to Doveholes, although we were all already more than ready to refuel by the time we reached the Eyam Tea Rooms at 12.50, nearly three hours after our Grand Depart from the charming Le Petit Frog mobile cafe in South Park.
Future historians of the club compiling what will surely be a bestseller at The Works Macclesfield, ‘Confessions of a Ride Leader’, should note that I flexed the route en route to omit Standing Stone on the way out on account of the wet condition of the road surface, and to omit the Cowlow Lane loop on the way back on account of the wet rag condition of the ride leader.
I returned home at 4.15 after 60 miles at an average of 11.5 mph and more than 5,500 feet, to my usual hero’s welcome “you’re doing too much”, certain that I would happily have gone round twice rather than endure the hell of a pre-Christmas Saturday at The Trafford Centre.
Yes of course there’ll be a ride next week. It’ll be my 65th birthday so I get to choose where we’re going, er just a minute, don’t I do that every week? Do join me. Other pensioners particularly welcome.