Day two of my #12HOURSOFMAY trip brought much more introspection, reflection of my choices and much more rain. I decided that I didn't want to force myself along the South Downs diversion I had planned, and instead headed straight home. This was a decision encouraged by a forecast of all-day rain.The forecast delivered and I spent the majority of the ride listening to the rain bounce off my jacket — but I was grateful it was bouncing off rather than soaking in.The sun decided to show just outside of Esher in time for a "Nearly-Home-Snack" but returned to remind me that I wasn't home just yet.Another day that, on reflection, was more than just weather. I proved to myself that even if it looks bleak, it's just rain. I found some new climbs that are on my highlight list so far this year and I returned home content that I didn't throw in the towel — even though I would require said towel to dry off.
June 4, 2021
A drizzly outlook gave me pause to wether I should continue as planned or to stay home. But the impending Pennine Rally was an immovable object in my calendar that wouldn't yield to the weather, so I thought I shouldn't either.[Un]surprisingly I am glad I didn't. Despite a few spouts of name calling directed at the South Downs way — who decided to wait until sunset to get greasy – the first day of my trip was one full of new roads and plenty of time outside to reflect on why I choose to do these things.
June 4, 2021