Thursday, 17 June 2010
Mostly Mary Townley
Here's the juice on mine and Mark's mid week adaption of the classic off road Mary Townley Loop, part of the Pennine Bridleway and traversing around East Lancashire and Calderdale's finest hills:
7 hours out and about - 6 1/2 riding time
Temperature - 24 degrees, wind - nah. It felt hot. Damn hot.
Liquid intake - insufficient leading to a begging at nearest house water incident.
Chips and mayo? Oh yes.
Leffe on draught? Passed up, just.
Getting lost and having an inadvertant but pleasant adventure? De riguer for this sort of thing.
Suitability of cross bike for a mostly off road and rocky 50 miler? Adequate but a little harsh on long stretches of uneven packhorse sets with 65psi.
Longest stretch of cobbles ever ridden outside of Flanders? Up from Watergrove Reservoir, near Whitworth, nearly a mile long, in the middle of nowhere and going nowhere. Bizarre.
Tan/dust lines and salt stains on clothing? Guaranteed.