Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Burnham Breeze with the Old Gits 21

Old Gits Day and a change of route, going to Burnham on Sea for tea and toast at the Wetherspoons pub there. Looked out the window this morning and thought the ride may be called off it was so windy and wet. 11 out of the 13 that nominated to go did show their faces and we headed off into the wind and rain.

The Reeds Hotel Burnham

After a challenging 10 miles, time for a rest at the Wetherspoons pub in Burnham.  Ironically, the sun was shining for the whole time we were in there and went in when it was time to leave. 

Puncture extraordinaire

Phil had a puncture and went out to see what the problem was.  Unfortunately, the 'slime' in the tube which prevents a tyre deflation had solidified in the valve and made it almost impossible to carry out the repair.  Rather than leave the lad out there on his own, a bunch of Old Gits went out to assist, leading to the saying, "How many cyclists does it take to mend a puncture?"  NB. The photo was taken from the warmth and comfort of the lounge bar.

World Record

After lengthy discussions the problem was diagnosed and the full weight of 6 Old Gits tackled to problem. Meanwhile the other 5 stayed in the warm, in the pub.  This has to go down as one of the longest times, on record, for the fixing of a puncture.  It worked in the end as Phil made it back to Weston without any further mishap.

A bit of a tough ride today. The wind was very strong and seemed to be almost constantly in the face. Total today was 21 miles.

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