Headed out this morning thinking I wanted to do about 50km (30miles). So I headed over towards Rivington where I went down Jon's 200yards and then started climbing up the commonwealth down. I'm daydreaming as I'm climbing (which will mean I was probably going very slowly) when this voice pipes up from behind me, its Amy isn't it? A quick glance at the bike and I realise it's matt, another local blogger. We continued climbing together and at the top we split. I headed up the pike and then down the ICR. Having a look on my way I wondered if the alternative ICR starts at the gate just after pigeon tower. If so is it as steep as it looks??? I guess there is one way to find out - walk down it ;).
After that it was back up through Chinese Gardens and along Belmont Old Road. I then headed out over the Darwen Moors towards the A666. Just at the end I met this lot!I had fun getting through them as they were not planning on moving, there was a nice mix of cows, bulls and calves. I was glad to get to the other side of a fence. After that I headed past the Strawbury Duck and then on to Ramsbottom, crossing the stream from the other night.
It was back to normal levels so you could just ride across it. After Ramsbottom I just headed home. I was out of the house for 4.5hours in total.
55.6 km @ 14.3 km/h
34.6miles @ 8.9mph
Average HR 139bpm