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12 November, 2005

Cycling: Lancaster-Hornby-Lancaster

Though we've had a lot of rain recently, today seemed clear and dry, so I went for a bike ride along the Lune, hoping the river flow would be photogenically high.

I got as far as Caton in pleasant sunshine, but clouds were approaching. For some reason, I really didn't fancy heading back so soon or returning the same way as I'd just come (I suppose I've followed the Lune Cycleway rather a lot this year), so continued up the valley, even though I wasn't wearing anything rainproof.
I made it as far as Loyn Bridge, Hornby, the furthest I'd planned to go, before the weather caught me. Ten miles (16 km) from home, with dark shadows of poor visibility blocking both potential escape routes.

It wasn't so bad, in fact, and only two brief showers dampened me as I returned to Lancaster via Gressingham and Halton. I cycled fairly quickly, but had made a few photo stops on the outward trip, so the 21.8 miles (35 km) took 1hr 51 (moving), at an average speed of 11.8 mph (19 km/h) and max of 24.9 mph (40 km/h).

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