Some people manage to create routes which seem to be uphill all the time. But let’s start from the beginning. We met at the bike shop in Marshbrook. When half our bikes were unpacked, we were asked to move our cars to the overflow car park. After some last minute bike maintenance by Dan, several toilet trips we were finally ready to set off. The first climb followed and lasted for about 1 hour. The hill was teeming with walkers. There must have been some event since we met again and again groups of teenagers with oversized back packs. One of them stopped us and asked us to identify a flag which no one of us recognized. The flag discussion was a welcome break especially since some mountain bikers on electric bikes zoomed effortless past us. At the top, I was expecting that we would cycle along the ridge, but no it was down hill, at the bottom Jane was smitten by a car again, black with four wheels, then a little bit of road and up again. The second climb seemed to last even longer, but we were told again and again that it was easy going today, nothing compared to the winter trip in freezing conditions. Nevertheless Kev developed some knee problems which were cured by our in house physio Jane. She rolled him on the floor which made the pain disappear magically. The last descent was truly enjoyable. We finished the ride off with food and drink at the coffee shop. Really good adventure in really good company.
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