45 miles direct into the wind to grab some squares, then another 57 mostly wind supported home giving me 20 more squares and increasing the max cluster by another 24. Also extended the west to east part of my max cluster to 53. Northern line I need 5 squares to push it to 53x53, same with the southern line, 5 squares needed.
55 miles of lovely tailwind out to fill a little cluster near Grantham then 45 miles of Brutal headwind home to grab a couple more on the way home . 19 new squares now 4490 max cluster up by 37 to 2058
Finally got round to filling in a gap in my cluster in the Chalfont area. Actually had this particular route planned since about June last year, but not long after I ended up with injuries that pretty much wiped out any long distance cycling in the second half of 2019, and since then mechanicals, lockdown and lack of fitness have ruled out doing the ride until now.
Gained 19 new tiles and added 30 to my cluster in total. Even then, my route as originally planned was meant to be 67 miles, but I still don't quite have the legs for that, so I cut an extra 10 mile loop off which would have gone south-east of Harefield and gained me an extra 8/9 tiles, but I can always get those at a later date.
@steverob glad your getting back to fitness and taking the recovery gently too. Some nice riding around that neck of the woods. I am currently of on holiday for a couple of weeks without riding, getting some recovery and hoping to do some longer rides in August but the uk govt quarantine rules may mean i am locked up indoors on my return...hoping things change by the time i return....have mapped a few all day rides since march that would be nice to do.
Chipping away, my cluster is now 559, but it was on the MTB today, lots of off roading! You'll also see the Cerne Abbas spur from Dorchester. That's a bridleway that'll complement future road rides down the A352, to Up Sydling, and probably on the A37
The route, first draft and final version (bar the impromptu pickup due to fading light):
Cut this ride down to 100 km by removing the top loop.
2 17x17 squares have become 5 18x18s!
Max cluster has gone from 559 to 599.
It was a quite the A road madness - taking in the A357, A3030, A352, A37, and A356. But it actually wasn't as bad as I expected!
I did wangle it so that the A37 (and the A352, actually) were primarily downhill...
A proper square grabbing ride today; plenty of off road including footpaths across fields; horrendous hills, horrendous farm tracks. Two road closures that I couldn't get through.
For the locals the two closures were Long Lane in Kegworth, one of the workmen gave me great directions for the cycling diversion, which was a good job as the signage was non existent. Tiny detour on that one. The second one was Lambley Lane near Gedling, this one resulted in me going back up the hill I had descended and adding well over two miles to the distance. It did let me get over 40 miles an hour without trying down the road I diverted down, again absolutely no diversion signs for cars or cyclists.
Then I got to the cafe stop too early for a sandwich so had to settle for cake.
Anyway it was all worth it as I increased my max square to 53*53 and the max cluster is now over 4,000 (4,012) I need to check my records to see the actual new squares grabbed today.
@13 rider I got to Nice Pie at about 11:30 and it was rammed. They don't have a lot of tables outside and I don't think they are allowing people to sit inside, so @tallliman suggestion of booking a table might make sense.