Since my last post I’ve done a lot of standing at the window, looking at rain and hail fall from the skies in sheets. That’s not to say I’ve not been out, I have managed just under 80 miles during February, hoping to make it 100 by the end of the week. I’ve been to Surrey where the sandy soil finished off my brake pads, been to Bedgebury to wallow axle deep in mud, but inevitably, most of the time I’ve been riding on tarmac.
It’s no fun riding offroad when the trails are in such a state as they are at present, so I’m staying mostly on-road till the biblical floods have receded. It’s not just offroad trails that are getting a battering by the elements either. The coastal cycle path between St Leonards and Bexhill has taken a heavy beating, back before Christmas some of the surface had been torn up, but the February storms have pretty much completely destroyed about a quarter of a mile of it as you can see below.
I’ve not been a total fair-weather rider, I’ve been out in the rain and some pretty strong winds, but I have drawn the line at taking the bike out when it’s pelting down with hail stones. I’ve also invested in a new toy, a Garmin 200 GPS unit. I’m really pleased with it, it’s more accurate and reliable at tracking my rides than the Strava app on my phone and it displays current speed, average speed and elapsed time while I’m riding.
So Spring is almost upon us, last March was very dry and a lot of the local trails were rolling fast, can’t see that happening much before late April this year, but you never know…