It was another clear blue day with not a cloud to be seen on my ride to work this morning. I didn’t have a route planned but ended up riding Tuesdays route which meant going along a couple of recently top dressed lanes. There are signs aplenty to keep the speed down due to the skid risk but no one keeps to it. I feel like I’m in a shooting range when cars go ripping past, waiting for the inevitable stone missile to hit me or my bike. Yet another good reason to wear a lid.
But as there was a nice breeze behind me and the encounters were brief, I made sure to enjoy the rest of it sticking to my favoured country lanes and bridleways. What’s not to like riding under a blue sky like that? Work was meetings, report writing and teaching. I was glad to get out into the 25°C evening, ready to make the most of the remaining warmth.
The northeasterly kept the heat off and for a change I didn’t mind plodding into the headwind. I headed for the country roads and as I reached the edge of farmland, happened upon a family of 5 foxes in the middle of the road. The Mum and 4 cubs saw me and split and while the cubs went one way, the Mum went the other. It was the only wildlife highlight but apart from the breeze into my face the conditions were perfect for a Friday commute home.
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