Time to mount the two wheeled steed again.. this time one of the light bikes. It has been nearly two weeks since my last ride so I needed all the help I could get.
I chose Grafham Water as my destination. The route doesn’t have too many hills near the start so I had time to warm up before I found any proper climbs. It was an uneventful ride out, I decided I would go to the waterside cafe at Grafham on the edge of the village of Perry. On the last few rides around this route I have opted out of the little diversion to the cafe but decided I might need the caffeine shot to get me home. However the little diversion includes two stiffish climbs, one of 12% and another of 10%, usually the reason for missing out the cafe option. This probably cancels out any caffeine benefit if I thought about it but it did allow me to take these pictures from the cafe table for your delight and delectation. I used to spend a lot of evenings fly fishing here a few years ago until I retired and got back into cycling again.
And an unobstructed view from further along the verandah..
The journey back wasn’t so wind assisted as I had thought it might be and towards the end of the ride I was struggling a bit. I had to take a couple of caffeine tablets to get me through when I was about half way back In retrospect the ride was probably a little too ambitious after nearly two weeks off the bike again but it was a nice day and I survived the ordeal. I think the saying is “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”?
And finally here is a map of my route..