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Monday, 12 November 2012

13.5 Miles & 27MPH!

This weekend we'd decided to take advantage of the beautiful, crisp November weather, and go with a friend on a nice long ride.

Arriving early at about 8.45am, we tacked up and set off on our adventure - not really 100% sure where to go, but we had our iphone, and made full use of Google maps...

Based just next to Plessey Woods, we rode out and around the woods, and headed on the road towards Morpeth, turning off early up a Bridleway we spotted to bring us out by Nedderton. Following another Bridleway we've used before, we carried on, before turning onto our new route towards Choppington Woods.

This was all new. We knew there was a 'path' all the way there, but we weren't 100% sure if it was to be a footpath or a bridlepath...

We followed it and although meeting a few bolted gates, that meant we had to find alternative ways around, we got out to the main road in Choppington! Thankfully it wasn't too busy, and we only had to go about a mile.

Taking a sharp right off the road and into the woods we went!! It was great fun, picking our way through a permissive Bridleway, winding in amongst the trees - the alpine was a lovely smell with the sunshine coming through. It definitely made the 1.5hrs in saddle so far worth it!

We found a loop around the woods, and although at one point we unfortunately got cut off by the route turning into a footpath, it was a lovely ride through a new woods.

We found our way back to the road, and time definitely passed quicker on the way back, knowing where we were going!!

Overall, the ride was 13.5 miles, we had an average speed of 4.6mph, with a top speed of 27.3mph when we raced back up the hill on the way home!

If you're interested, here's the ride:

Unfortunately, we didn't get any photos, but we hope to go on another long ride this weekend coming, so we'll be sure to take some then!!

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