Thursday, 5 September 2013

Bits And Pieces...Thursday 5th September 2013.

There are those admittedly rare times when only the genius of the DC5 will do. Allow me...

The Tottenham Sound? Tell that to AVB.

Headwind wasn't marked either. disgrace!
Away even later this a.m. partly through weariness (yeah, yeah you know how that feels by reading this blog, hah-hah!) and partly through knowing what lies ahead...115 miles into a charming headwind and temps *just* under 100f. Tremendous!

Aaaaaand we're down to 6 mph already. Only 112 miles to go.

Eh, why have they dressed that pylon?

Already in wine country. Check out that symmetry!
Not quite as many daft detours today although there were a few contendahs...still the time ticked away much faster than the miles did. With the heat and the drying wind I made sure that Esso, Agip and the like did good business flogging water etc....all conducted in fluent Oirish/German/Pointing. Not a problem...

How it is all too infrequently, hah-hah!

No idea. In the middle of a farming plain about 1800' up.

Is Sir Richard now running an empire abroad? Do I see one opening (excuse me) in Freckleton?

Sometimes looks like this, sometimes not. Great when it does, though!

Do your own Partridge/Morten Gamst-Pedersen-Harket stuff...

Turning this into a 'let's see who can stay out on the bike the longest' comp, unwittingly!
This was a slog: at about 5 pm with only 30 miles left I could easily have climbed-off...if that option had've been available...however, onwards always onwards...

Stop it.
There was just one final push and then some beautiful descending turns down into!

Pity the poor sods behind, visibility reduced by plumes of brake dust...

Sight for sore legs...
The reward was probably the finest accomodation of the whole challenge: I spent the rest of the night eating, drinking and blogging in the hotel's busy bar. The world was all ok again!

On paper this was going to be the hardest stage and it didn't disappoint. The stats below are embarrassingly awful. Still almost pleased with them!

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