Hello blog lovers.
So when did hills become part of my regular rides, in fact when did Cudham North lane become part of my training rides and not as just a little tester!? Well, since Nagging Sister started coming with on a Friday for 'a little ride!'
So there we were, early, and eager to get moving. Around the usual route to Greenstreet Green, Nagging Sister likes it, I don't think I have actually told her that it is about an extra mile longer, but she don't need to know that.
We soon started up the hill. I told her that last time I did this I actually did it non stop from my home to the top by Grays road. So of course she said, "well its non stop again then, to the pub" And so the long slog began!
I will cut this short, because I am behind on my blogging, and besides, it was pretty uneventful to the pub. Except I was thinking she meant the pub at Downe Village, but in actually fact......she mean the one on Cudham North Lane, The Blacksmith Arms! Oh well, it was great to grab a break, and to also put some ice into our drinks!
Back on our bikes again to finish off our ride for the day. We continued our ride up to Grays Road, it always gets me how far this really is from The Blacksmiths! Even Naggining Sister wishes it was closer. We turn right into Grays road and then its a pleasant ride all the way to the Shampan. No stopping there either, we continue down the little country road that will take us towards Downe.
This time I didn't miss the turning! Straight up there till the give way sign. I pointed out to Nagging sister the nice lovely down hill road on the right, and then the horrid up hill on the left. Of course we had to turn left to go up the huge steep hill. I really wanted to do this in one go and o with a determination I set off after N.S. just as I got a quarter of the way up a white van came up behind me, although the passenger shouted something encouraging, like "Keep going!" but it put me off and I had to stop. Although I didn't walk up the hill, I cycled it, I felt a little disappointed that I wimped out!
Anyway, its just a lovely ride along Single Street to Downe Village, where I was going to enjoy a nice bacon and brie baguette! I say 'was' because we didn't stop there for lunch, we were were about 40 minutes early! They don't start serving lunch until 12! So we cycled our way to Keston instead, I am sure we can get something at the Greyhound, but again, we must have cycled liked the clappers because we were still too bloomin early!
Only one thing for it now, and that is the café at Hayes! That's were we will go. At least they do an all day breakfast! But I still had my bacon sandwich!
A lovely ride, extremely warm ride, just love the summer, don't you?