My local off-road loop ends with a fairly steep climb up a lane. Coming as it does at the end of the ride I'm usually toast and very often I stick it in a low gear and just twiddle up the lane.
Said lane is quite popular with the locals for a stroll or a dog walk and inevitably while I'm winching up the hill one of them will be coming the other way. Most of them nod or smile or say hello but quite often one of them will utter the immortal words
Not far now
I've ridden up this hill literally thousands of times. I now how far it is to the top. I know I'm nearly there.
What would be your response?