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three in a row

That is days riding, went out again this morning (if a little bit later than normal) did my normal Sunday Throop loop but did it in reverse this time. This allowed me to try and find an extension to the Parley common section, last time I tired this, 4 legged bovine traction or rubber dingy was recommended. So this time I chose another path halfway along the bridleway I use as my exit off the common. Half way across the common I came across the same problem as I did last time all trails seem to converge on top of a very sandy soil rise which is impossible to ride up, so will need to continue to look for an alternative to circumnavigate. The ride was a hard slog, nearly all the trails I rode and the energy sapping film of mud on them which cut your speed in half and required double the effort to get through.

just some of the mud on the jockey wheels, a large clump fell off as I moved the bike onto the stand
Judging by the amount of mud around the jockey wheel it is no wonder the the rear gears were making noises more in-line with a bag of nails.

I won’t be riding the Cannodale for a few week as the chain has reached the end of its life and any further use will only wreck the cassette and chain rings. A new chain has been ordered this evening but I don’t expect to see it until the end of the coming week. So tomorrow I will be riding the Whyte which I have not ridden now for nearly four weeks. I am intending to go out to Moor Valley County Park, I have not been out there for a couple of months so it should be fun. The wife and son are coming as well although the wife is still not riding. This means we will be parking in the main car park as opposed do down the road in one of those forest pull-in’s as I don’t think the wife fancies the walk to and from the visitor centre. I will take a quick ride around the their little laid out trail route and then go off and find some new routes to ride.

With just about everybody back to work on Tuesday, maybe I might have a chance of getting my Muvi camera delivered. I ordered this from Play.com on the 4th Decemebr after seeing a cracking deal, I received two parts of the order, 8gb memory card and extreme sports pack but for what ever reason known only to Play,com they did not bother to send the camera out until I contacted them 7 days later (according to my order status it was being processed). By this time the christmas rush had started and then we had all the bad weather. I have lodged a undelivered item report with them on the 23rd after complaining again about the non delivery. If I have not heard anything by Wednesday\Thursday I they will get another e-mail from me.

Tomorrow night is weigh in night, I have not been since the 20th and to be perfectly honest I am not looking forward to it. I could if I was so inclined not bother to go to the weigh in tomorrow night and instead wait until the following Monday and hopefully loose more of the christmas excess, but the only person I am kidding is myself. I am whatever I have eaten over christmas like it or hate it, so be it. I have ridden 117 miles since my last weigh-in (more to come tomorrow) I just hope this bike riding has countered some of the christmas excess.

Ready for a bit of TLC

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