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Ouch! it was almost funny

Woke this morning to a lovely sunny morning, had been expecting a cloudy overcast like yesterday, but I am not going to complain about it being sunny even it was several degree lower than last weeks 20 degrees.

Thought I would to a gentle loop around Throop this morning, everything was going well until I got to Hurn Forest, the tree felling is still going on and the little bit of single track I ride when I get into the forest has been completely lost, I decided to follow the deep tyre track out to the main path and go from there. Everything was ok until we got to a boggy bit and it seems that they lined this section of the tyre tracks with small logs and branches from the trees they had felled to help get the machine through the boggy bits. I lost the front wheel on one of these logs, hit the side of the trench on the left and fell to my right, somewhere in this I managed to hook my ankle under a small branch at the side of the trench, then as I fell onto the hump of tree debris between the tyre trenches I managed to somehow pull another branch on to my leg just above my knee pinning it down. My bike came to rest on my legs and where I was now lying over the hump my head was looking at the forest in an upside down way. I eventually managed to free my left leg and use it to push my bike of my other leg. I could not move my right leg as it was still pinned at the ankle and above the knee, I pushed myself up on my arms which then released a bit of the pressure from the log pinning me above the knee, I could not move the log that was pinning my knee as I was actually sat on it (or another log that was holding it in place). I eventually managed to wiggle myself free but I guess it took a couple of minute all toll from the point of falling off to being able to stand. I imagine that had anybody seen me they would of thought it was quite funny, thinking about it now it is but at the time it hurt and was considering shouting for assistance (I had past a couple of dog walkers when I rode into the forest).

Having regained a vertical stance, I carried on up the tyre trench onto the main path and the rest of my ride which was thankfully uneventful. As I went across Parley Common my leg started to hurt and at first I thought it was a cramp affect from yesterday ride (I got cramps in the same place yesterday). So I decided not to push it and head for home rather than head back to Throop and home via the river. It was only later that I realised that it was infact where the log had pinned me down earlier, there is no bruise there yet but I expect by tomorrow morning it will be showing.

The afternoon was spent chasing a creak on the bike, I stripped the left hand pedal and gave that a good clean, will see if that has resolved it or not. I is definitely on the left hand-side and from the crank area. Not sure if I am riding mid week this week, would like to do a slightly longer ride but I need to plan a route so unlikely to be this week and with a 4 day weekend I guess I will do several two or three ride if we get the weather and maybe get the Whyte rolling again.

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