After the bumpy ride on Thursday, I was looking forward to a fast and flat ride with the Bigfoot crew. It was the former, but very much not the later, as they decided to deviate from the usual Staplehurst route and head to the Ashdown forest. There were a handful of very, very good climbers in the group and by the time we were approaching the long drag up to the top of the Ashdown I could feel that the elastic I was using to cling onto their wheels was getting decidedly baggy. It finally went ping about half a mile from the top and I watched the fast group pull away and said hello to the broom wagon group.
Fortunately there was an ice cream van in the car park at the top of the climb and I was revivified by a bottle of luke-warm coke. This seemed to go straight to my legs and I managed to stay with the group most of the way back. With the exception of Ide hill where three of the guys went off the front and killed it - all getting top tens on Strava, with over 3500 people having ridden the segment. (apologies for this getting very Bike-Radar)
Another stunningly beautiful sunny day, after a grey and wet week. I'm back on track with my tan lines, having inadvertently fudged them on Thursday with a careless shorts hem misplacement fail.
No bird of prey activity today, but there was a dead snake on the side of the road near East Peckham. I think it may have been a grass snake, but I didn't get a good enough look to be sure.
In other East Peckham news, I went into the green grocer to get a banana and the guy gave me two for free as they were on the cusp of going spotty. An act of generosity that he may have regretted as everyone else piled into his shop and completely cleaned him out. Next time I'm passing through I'll have to buy some Kumquats or other expensive-ass fruit in order to make amends.
Rest day tomorrow I reckon.