As I mentioned yesterday Jos got a flat from a thorn which we could not dig out. So this morning Jos’ tire is flat and low and behold so is my front tire. It took only a few seconds to find that I too had picked up a thorn. I dug in my sewing kit and came up with a seam riper which I used to dig out the thorn from my tire and Jos’ tire.
The weather report was really bad and the BBC was issuing a heavy rain fall warning. It was coming down pretty heavy alright but rain has never really scared me off. We pulled on the numerous layers of rain gear and I mounted my clip on fenders. This proved much more difficult than it did at home when I test fitted them however the bike was on the stand and this was kneeling down in the pouring rain.
After fixing tires messing with what clothes to wear and fender messing about we were off. The trail we road in on had turned from a nice packed dirt trail to a slippery mud hole. Within a couple of miles we were totally covered in mud. My clip on fenders are packed with mud and I have to take them off. So now I am really getting pasted. After about five miles my Garmin quit working as it seems to have developed leak and the screen has a bubble of water under it. Maybe I can dry it out.
There were a ton of really steep hills and it is raining harder than ever. The wind has picked up and is now a 15 -20 mph straight into our face. I have to stay right behind Jos and Patrick as I don’t have any navigation, which means I have to work a lot harder than I normally would as I usually let them sprint on ahead and then catch them at the next turn.
At mile 15 the lightening starts so we decided that we would load bikes and sag into Buxton and have a nice hot meal. Another 25 miles (40 kms) in this just didn’t make sense. By the time bikes are loaded we are all shivering as it is only 50 F (10 C).
Tonight’s B&B is a lovely Edwardian Town house just on the edge of downtown Buxton. We have beautiful main floor rooms (not on the fourth story). It is really surprising how your perspective changes once you get a hot show and a hot meal into you.