The ride was not without incident after riding over a rough patch of bitumen where some flood water had damaged the road I was getting a little thirsty and emptied my first bidon and when I reached for the second one it was nowhere to be found. A quick u-turn and back to that rough bit of road hoping that the couple of cars that had passed had not flattened my camelbak podium bidon that I was pretty sure would be lying on the road.
My fears where soon given over to relief as I found my water bottle safely lying in the middle of the road. When I bent down to pick it up my shimano glasses fell off and broke in two. Now I would have to ride the last 20 km looking at the bitumen as the locusts were thick and I was worried about being smacked in the eye by one of the over friendly critters.
Apparently they're pretty high in protein so if I needed more fuel on the ride there would be no shortage. Luckily I had a decent lunch and would not need a top up during the return leg.
The small climb out of Chiltern was no effort on the new machine and I still had some fitness left after the lay off although still managed to get my heart rate over 165 bpm. The run back to Rutherglen is always into a head wind
and I reckon I have never done it with a tailwind. So it's great to be back on the road before christmas and I am looking forward to burning off all the christmas festivities on the bike.