In 6hrs 39ns burning 3196 Kcal climbing 4840ft
Miles total 328
In 22hrs 12mins burning 11560 Kcal climbing 21180ft
Most miles in a day : 105.2
I really wish the weather was such that I didn’t feel I need to say anything. But I think I have a rain cloud that has taken to me, and is following me about. We arrived in Bruton in sun, but as I pulled away up High Street, it started to rain. 3 minutes later I was in my raincoat.
Those of you who know Bruton, know that is is not a place to leave without going up hill. I climbed up through North Brewham and on into Warminster by which time it had stopped raining. I tracked round the top of Salisbury Plain, with rain coming and going. The weather really did try, I was riding in the sun with rain at times.
|The Bee takes advice on wet weather|
Finally, after and hour it stopped. It was odd, it was raining then not, the atmosphere feeling like a warm damp greenhouse. I stopped, ate and ironically put everything I had on. I cycled through Newbury with people in shirtsleeves with dry roads with me wearing a raincoat and gloves. I rang my Dad who was at Streatly and asked him to wait, as I was worried if it rained again I would get too cold, and wanted some more clothes (Being optimistic I had not put knee warmers or shoe covers on that morning) We meet next to the Thames with 80 miles done, and 25 to go up onto the Chilterns
Up onto the Chilterns. Red Kites are supposed to be rare. Not hear. I saw 3 in an hour. They are as common as buzzards in Somerset
The damp may be effecting the seating arrangements: I have done many miles and am used to hours in the saddle, but not in the damp. You can pay a lot for special creams, I now have some ‘healing cream’, which amongst other things deals with nappy rash. I can’t say I need it, but prevention is better than cure.