Today was the preview ride for hit the north 1.5 so I plotted a route using an OS map and google earth - very effective as its turns out I had a great route that was nearly all off-road. It was the first outing for my new winter boots (thanks to Ali's mum what a great Christmas present!) Halfway there and my foot got stuck in the pedal, I worked out that the cleat was loose so I took the boot off. After lots of twisting the shoe came off the cleats. Loosing the cleats and a screwdriver got that out and I put the cleat back on, they will be checked regularly now!
Then it was on to Prestwich to meet a crowd to preride the loop. It'll be muddy as it was muddy today in the cold, but should be fun! Some pushing and carrying but I'm looking forward to it. The new boots loved it!
After that is was a quick ride over to my mums in Middleton, once again mainly off-road. Including going through Alkrington woods, its changed since I used to ride there on a fully rigid as a kid, I would be a lot better if I had kept riding!
A fun day followed by nice food and charades - Ali loves it - at my folks.
25miles @ 9mph