A Wet Though Warm Quest

Tuesday 25th

Managed to get away for a couple of hours leaving around 9:30 after heavy early morning rain.

Heading to Stanford in the Vale, a large village some 14-15 miles away.

Not generating too much power today.

Today’s isolated road, this Park Lane near Stanford, recently re-surfaced this mean pouring molten tar on the road and rolling granite chippings in. Traffic is then expected to disperse to the edges the chippings that didn’t stick, makes for interesting cycling on corners. From here on in it started to rain luckily it was warm.

Friendly bovines.

Not sure if this was a former church/chapel, doesn’t matter it looks pretty good as a private dwelling.

The bigger of the two village greens in Stanford.

Stanford House very grand though I thought somewhat sombre perhaps it was just the weather.

From here it was a pretty wet ride home, not really conducive to photography from the saddle.

When out on the bike and its too hot, too cold, too wet or too windy its worth reflecting that

A bad day on the bike is always, always better than a good day at the office.

Distance – miles

Journey – Solo.

Bike – Tifosi Classico.

6 response to "A Wet Though Warm Quest"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: June 26, 2019

    Beautiful photo of that old church/chapel/pub/whatever. And you’re right, of course – there’s nothing about my years in the office that I miss now.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 26, 2019

    I agree with Scott on points 1 and 2!
    Interesting photos as always — here too they have tar and chipped several rural roads — the loose material can and has made for some interesting situations!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: June 27, 2019

    That church/house is a great building and a nice photo of it. I also like those light colored cows. We seem to have mainly dark brown around here. And I can also relate to the chip seal!!! Not fun nor fast to rice along.

  4. By: Lah Posted: June 27, 2019

    I believe the cows are wanting to try out your bike. Some animals run away when they spot humans, but cows always seem curious. Interesting post.

    • By: DJG Posted: June 27, 2019

      Thanks, when I put the camera away and grabbed the bike to continue, the cow nearest charged off in a panic.

      By the way love the colour of your bike.

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    Yep – the road surface you encountered is what we call chip seal. If done well it is smooth(ish). When done by the local council the gravel isn’t graded well and so a bumpy surface results. The loose gravel is not cleaned away and we hope for decent rains to wash the sides clear. It is a cost-effective process if you drive a car but cyclists would like a better finish!!!

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