Yay finally managed it. Set my alarm for 4:45, mapped out a route, 40 miles too long for the 3 hours I had so figured I'd do some mid route editing seeing how I felt. Anyway as of 3:30 I was getting kicked in the back by our 3 year old, figured I may aswell get up, out of the house just after 4 so no need for lights. Bit misty to start, lovely views
edgeworthvalley1 by D0NK, on Flickr
Through edgeworth then upto Peel tower
peel tower by D0NK, on Flickr
across to edenfield and a hard climb up gin croft and I was on the rossendale way
rossendalewayahead by D0NK, on Flickr
More mist but a nice little tail wind meant I was motoring, fantastic to be out, bit of mist, steam rising off me, early morning sun everywhere looked lovely.
Not much wild life out, couple rabbits, a crow who'd caught an unlucky frog, plenty of sheep most ran but a couple just stay sat down giving me a disdainful look, dunno what they were thinking but I reckon it could have been "CX, around here? No no no mate, you want a short travel 29er with some decent tyres"
Going down rooley moor road they were right, surprised I'm not suffering from vibration white finger or carpel tunnel, I got battered. Dropped into Heywood but then I was out of my knowledge trail wise so took the road straight into manchester.
If you're thinking about early morning riding but haven't got around to doing it yet,
GET IT DONE!
More (not very good) pics