Sunday 25 November 2012

Dorset Miles, Bear Cross Sunday Ride: A bit of a Monument!

Thirteen at Bear Cross this morning, the roads were wet but the sun was shining, compared to Saturday it was a good day. Out to Wimborne then straight up the main road to Cranborne, the sign said “Closed Road” but bikes can always get through, some unclipped in an effort to keep feet dry, others just ploughed on as sealed bottom brackets were put to the test. From Cranborne it was up to Boveridge, then Tidpit, North End and Rockbourne, the Rose & Thistle pub still has the old STRONGS sign on the wall. Across Rockbourne Down to the A354, The descent to Coombe Bissett is smooth and fast then it’s a left turn and an old favourite. Stratford Tony, Bishopstone, Stoke Farthing, Broadchalke, Fifield Bavant, Ebbesborne Wake, Alvediston, Berwick St John and Ludwell, all familiar but only in passing. The muck and debris on the road added to the adventure in a pleasing sort of way. Dodging sticks & stones to Charlton, then briefly on the A30, there was talk of tea at Shaftesbury but it was no more than talk. Down to Cann Common then the climb of Zig-Zag, the four on the front were “cock measuring” the rest of us were surviving as the rain started to fall. Regrouping and fast down to Tollard Farnham, Newtown, across the main road again and on to Horton. Right in the village and up to Chalbury Common, Gaunts Common and back to the flesh pots, and the group splits. Fast around the apron of Hurn Airport for those that had the legs, it was raining hard now but we were home free. 2 punctures, 4hrs 15, a bit of a Monument this one!

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