Thanks for straightening that sign Reg...
Today I decided to take an 'OffRoad' route to collect my car, 10 miles away it was. Wanted to give my Egen a go on some proper off road climbing sections. With her road heritage and the gravel tires it was gonna be a lovely ride and miss out some of the main roads. 3 miles in after managing to get through the first small section of muddy muck, I saw Mr Rabbit who was looking for an escape route. Slowly sneaked up and pictured what I could but he was too smart.
Next came the horses, again after managing to smooth over the mud and not have my calipers clagged up. Egen decided she needed a selfie. Pity we didn't manage to get her in the shot properly..
Life was going oh so beautiful after I managed to skim over the next pile of mud and onwards n upwards. Now on some more hardpack and through the golf course. Surely everything was just gonna be clean and smooth sailing through here. But nope, more mud appeared from nowhere whilst trying to get over a drainage ramp/channel. I knew I'd not make it over without a big skid and possibly down the ditch on the side, so decided to dismount.
Dismounting went very poorly and the '16 degree release angle' showed its ugly face. 16 degrees to release, but why! Anyway, I fell trying to release that left leg... Must've hit the 'mucky mess of greasy mud' whilst I was still at 9 degrees, mid-release. Left side all mud but thankfully a soft landing
Didn't take a picture cos it wasn't nice.
Onwards to the next section where my Egen would prove herself. Made it this far, but the pic doesn't do justice to the amount of stones sat wanting to give you a helping hand up the 8 to 12 percenter...
Still had this far to go, and a bit more, so I started walking..
Got to this drainage channel where I'd usually manage to get back on Stan (the Sonder) but today with a 34 front and 34 lowest rear, it just wasn't happening. So I walked a few extra metres and then got on. But fell again at this point - where the bike's stood - and this time I had managed to unclip the full 16 degrees but still...
Onto the road at the top and a right where the previous headwind had become a sidewind and I was thankful I never had deep wheels (well, the front is 35mm CX campag so might explain why I had to fight a little).
The rest was all road but I felt I deserved this last pic of the view with the wind behind me. Doesn't look much but felt a right achievement..
No bones broken and not too much clag between the calipers, I rode the rest of the 6 miles via road and onto the lovely garage.