Well today, as I have no kiddiwinks till 3 ish I decided to go for another bike ride. But this time Nagging Sister was coming with me. She was talking yesterday, on facebook about if its raining, and stuff like that, maybe not go. But then I started saying things like, if she is not careful then I will take her up Cudham North Lane! Do you know what? She took me up on my offer! "Bring it on" she said.
So that's what we did! I was thinking, "What on earth was I thinking, I have a stupid cold effecting my lungs, and I'm heading up CNL" I don't like riding along the A21, so I used the backstreets to get to the bottom of Cudham North lane, at Green Street Green. After a quick breather we started up the darn hill. "Why did you write that" I was thinking as the incline started. I just knew there is about 5 miles of no stop inclines! Oh well, the thought of lunch at the Queens Head is always inspiration!
The couple of little hills that we had to climb up are all forgotten now as the hill in front of me fills my thoughts and works my thighs......calfs, hams, lungs! The snot fairies were working overtime, and my headache seem to intensify as I breathed in. But I had no intention of heading back down now! Even if I have to stop, I will not be going back.
I believe I got up to the Blacksmiths in about '3 moves'. We had a 'scheduled breather there and were ready for the next part and that is to Grays Road, and then to the Shampan. All non stop too. Well, this part of the ride is not too bad, I know I can do it. Although my lungs were busting, and my head was hurting, I was still enjoying being out. I was going to take Nagging Sister down the other country road and then get to Jail Lane all the way to Downe Village. At least that was the plan!
After reaching The Shampan, instead of going down the main road, we went down Buckhurst road, a nice little country road. There is a turning down here that will take us to another road which then will take us up to Jail Lane, and Single Street! Perfect! But no, I missed a turning which took us all the way down the hill, and then all the up, up, up to, wait for it, The Blacksmiths Arms!
It would have been easier to have had our lunch there. But not what did I decided to do! I still want to go to Downe Village, down Church street, but then up up up to Downe! Crazy woman!
We eventually got there, here's the proof! Lunch, me with my usual bacon and brie baguette and N.S. with her....soup! Whatever takes your fancy! But for a drink she gets herself a nice little Pinot Grigio and I have a diet pepsi! Still, the diet needs to be kept too!
But when she goes ahead and orders herself this, well, I just had to have just a little taster! How I didn't order myself one, I never know, it was delicious!
|It was so good!|
But I need to lose these extra pounds so I just have to get on with it! Just the ride back through to Pettswood to do now, and we went down to Shire Lane, and then across the field like me and Charlene did last week!
All in all a very nice ride, even if it did take forever, what with some more 'Gift Collecting' again for the tribute run that I am organising! By the way, if I've given the impression that I rode up all of the hills, well, it didn't happen! Nagging Sister, however did brilliantly! She only stopped and took breathers on Cudham Road, (another hill that I walked up)