June 11th – A terrible end to a ride that started really well. I headed out in sunshine to visit a new coffee shop in Stowe by Chartley, run by a local lad. I headed up over Chasewater, up through Cannock and was just running down Abraham’s Valley on the Chase when a critical part of my drivetrain failed irreparably and I had to call for a lift home.
You can’t prepare for all eventualities, and some things can’t be fixed out on the road, but I felt cheated as I’d had a great ride, seen orchids and red deer, blue skies and The Chase was gorgeous.
It was sad to fail so unceremoniously and I felt irritated and cross at not spotting the issue in advance.
The bike was soon fixed at home and I cursed myself continually while effecting the repair.
Ah well, there will be other sunny days, and the Chase will still be there next week. Keep the coffee pot warm for me.