|Thetford: The Return
||[Oct. 7th, 2007|10:27 pm]
So we took our bikes to Thetford Forest for the second time on Saturday. The weather was perfect for it, not too cold, not too hot and fairly dry.|
Had a thoroughly good time tearing around the 'Red' graded track, a few near misses on the muddier sections that make me think 'wearing a helmet might look stupid, but maybe it's a good idea for off-road' and my gears, brakes and wheels covered in mud. Was knackered by the end of it, think we did around 22 miles in total (off road) and another 8 getting there and back.
Although it was hard work, it was no where near as hard as last time and the winding track keeps my brain much more active than just straight roads and trails that I encounter cycling to and from work or up marriots way.
Just a chore having to cart our bikes there by train and unfortunately not particularly cheap (not really expensive either though, so that's good).
Typical that we start doing all this just as it's about to start getting cold and wet (well, our summer was pretty wet anyway!). I would like to get back there atleast another couple of times this year, but not sure how much I'd enjoy it if it was pissing it down. Most people seem to go by car, which is probably ideal really as you can leave your spare kit there and when you're done hop into your nice dry car and bugger off home again, rather than cycle back into Brandon and wait for another train. But it's still fun.
Would have liked to have tried the 'Black' route, but it was closed all day Saturday due to a bunch of mentalists doing the 'From Dusk Till Dawn' event. An off-road Endurance Race starting at 8pm and finishing at 8am. Scary.
But, that may have been for the best, the near misses on the red route were enough to make me think that maybe the Black route isn't a good idea until we've invested in helmets.
Also, cycle shorts/trousers with pads in the arse. Fantastic idea, need to get some.
Today I have mostly complained about my legs aching.
I've also decided to go a longer route to work so I'm cycling 4.7 miles every morning and evening rather than the 1.5 I currently do.