As I mentioned yesterday, I am no longer on my own. The lack of panniers and the extra company has made today rather pleasant, despite the unpleasant weather.
The ride was not without its frustrations though. I got the first puncture I’ve had in over 3000 miles. It’s hard to describe the level of despair that washes over me when this happens. Granted it isn’t as bad as a broken gear cable or spoke, but I still rode along in denial for a few hundred metres, refusing to accept the fact that my tyre was leaking air.
Given that I was on for a very early finish, and that it’s actually not too much trouble to fix, it really didn’t matter that much.
Getting another puncture half an hour later annoyed me slightly more. Although I had inspected the tyre, I had failed to notice the sharp metal splinter that had caused the first puncture. It seems the second was also due to the same piece of metal.
Apart from that, the day was pretty good. When it comes to this evening; well, I have just woken from a two-hour slumber after I fell asleep writing this…
Distance: 95.6 miles / 153.9km
Riding Time: 5:57:39
Av. Speed: 16.0 mph / 25.8kph