With the temperature warming up to the high teens today, I made plans to get a good ride in this morning. The cat made sure that I was up early but I dithered about playing fetch with the dog and got out at 10.30. This gave me a good 90 minutes exploring before I had to be home to tidy the house for another video/virtual viewing by a potential buyer.
I went up a summer time day off route to check out a couple of bridleways that I had spotted on the Strava route builder. I never seem to find these in practice as when it’s sunny, I get distracted. This time I was alert even though the sun beamed on the countryside and I spotted the byeway sign. I had no idea where it would head to, I just went where the legs took me. It was pretty hard and rough but it took me on a loop back to Molehill Green that I had passed 15 minutes beforehand.
Back around I went towards Great Easton trying to find a bridleway to take me up to the old airfield. I found it and fired up it to the farmland at it’s Eastern edge.
It was so peaceful, warm and still. I stopped for a drink and a pee. Onwards I went, bumping over wide broken concrete roads that once saw B-26 Marauders take off to bomb supply lines and strafe airfields on their way back in advance of the Normandy landings.
It was a good 90 minutes and I could have stayed out exploring forever. But I have commitments so rounded towards home to make lunch and get the to-do list done. For those 90 minutes, I forgot my troubles and just rode where I wanted in a naughty-boy-been-chucked-out-of-the-house-go-and-play-somewhere-else! kind of way. It made a nice change to my time poor commutes. Next week is half term and the boys won’t be chained to their books or screens. It will be a good time to take them exploring that way.
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