Went out on my own this morning and decided to ride to Rufford. I picked a route that headed north through Ainsworth, Tottington and Affetside and then up towards Edgworth. Just before Edgeworth I needed to divert my route as I appear to have chosen an off-road track by mistake. That added a mile or so and a cheeky hill. My next route diversion was near Belmont. Despite road closed signs I followed the Garmin and ended up at the back of Belmont with nowhere to go, so needed to about-face and head a different way through Belmont and up the climb and descent to Rivington. Turning right I headed through Chorley – land of the roundabouts – and then west towards Southport, riding through those lovely roads around Croxton.
I stopped for refreshments at Fettlers Wharf at Rufford Marina. To the chap I tried to help with his Garmin, if you’ve found your way here then this is the page you should look at.
Heading back I threaded myself through lots of back lanes and country roads until I hit more urban roads in Standish and then Horwich, and finally through Bolton and back home.
Overall a lumpy ride with a fairly flat middle. The weather couldn’t make it’s mind up. During the ride I had my waterproof jacket on, my lights on because of low cloud/mist, my sunglasses on sleeves rolled up and finally I raced a sudden downpour home, getting beaten by about 2 minutes!
Ride Stats : 67.5 miles in 4hrs 21 mins @ 15.5mph average. 3611ft of climbing, 3269 kcals of energy and average HR of 137bpm