This is going to be a brief ride report followed by a heavy weight lament.Only 4 of us started out today, JamesS, his friend Carl, Andrew and myself. Various other Moles were otherwise engaged with Wiggle events, illness, travel or a combination of two of them.
Temperature was pretty low at the start and after discussing a few options and taking into account Carl needed to be back by 11am in Dorking I chose to do a local loop. This started with the familiar climb up to Ranmore via the twin bridges. From there we headed along Badger run and Collarbone where the winter mud was back with what is hopefully its death nell (we can hope!). A quick slide through Trouble in Paradise and we were soon taking in the chicken runs round Abba Zabba and BT 1 and 2 before giving Deerleap completa a good session. No Matt, I have no idea how I got that time either!
Low or High Med was soon ahead of us and we followed this with a course of ATTW3 (Westhumble etc.) which was in remarkable good condition and the Gyro certainly took it all in its stride. We parted from Carl at the A24 and the three of us…..ATTW3!!…..headed towards the bridleway to climb Box Hill. Well it never gets any easier.
Here we took on board some refreshments with me looking forward to a hearty piece of flapjack. Joining the queue everything seemed to be normal but as the cakes came into view I could see what appeared to be heat sealed flapjack with white chocolate drizzled on top. The rest of the cakes looked the same but I can say I tried any of them. Asking if there was any plain flapjack I was pointed to the aforementioned wrapped version. So hot chocolate and this it was.
Well, it might be a one off but if you need building material and the local supplier is out of Celcon blocks then this will do. Even dunking it in my hot chocolate didn’t help much. The portion size was also down in my opinion but this might have been as a result of broken teeth complaints, who knows. How far can a defining cake fall? A long way, especially with the density of this beast. On top of this the place has just lost it feel after their Olympic upgrades. For a start the roadies seem to have decided the benches are just bike rests, limited the seating to less than it used to be but really I’m just making excuses for my disappointment at the flapjack.
We left and headed past the top of China Pig onto the road and took a route along towards Headley and had a bash at SS. Before we made it to SS we bumped into Nick and Graham and someone else who Iw as introduced to (sorry!) who were trying to train to do the SDWIAD. I tried to cheer them along by saying it was the hardest thing Matt had done!
We soon made it to SS and I assume all the woodwork is to stop us but it could be to give tractionin the mud, that’s what I took it to be anyway. Same on LoM but that had more mud anyway. Also a lot of work seems to be happening round Cherkley Court now the Hotel (or whatever it is) have been given the go ahead. Our run down Alsatian was interrupted by two horses galloping up! Not a usual sight but we spotted them in plenty of time and pulled over.
Over the A24 and we saw Colin and crew. Unusually he seemed to have picked the wrong or right, depending on your point of view, bike from his collection and was on a 26″ MTB. Retro dude!
All in all I covered just over 20 miles and reminded myself how much local stuff there is! I won’t mention that stuff at the top of Box Hill again……