Cannock Chase Loop
December 28, 2012
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A really nice ride today. 35 miles around Cannock Chase.
Including stopping for lunch at the Birch Valley Centre Cafe. Hundreds of very dirty people and mountain bikes there. I, however, stayed nice and clean despite lots of flooding and dirty, gravel covered roads.
As you can see from the photo at the cafe there was nowhere to actually lock up a bike. I used the big bench in the foreground while I had my lunch. I guess nobody wants to steal a mountain bike (too much cleaning to do).
After that I called in at Bridgwater Town Cycles (nice bike shop with quite a lot of stuff).
The ride ended when I joined the family at the Lichfield Cathedral Coffee Shop. I then put the bike in the car and joined the family for a wander around Lichfield and a very nice Italian meal.
A pretty hilly ride but a lovely long descent to Lichfield on mucky minor roads that were mostly streams. I was still dry and clean at the end.
I did have to do a bit of maintenance today. One of the rear mudguard bolts came loose which meant removing the back wheel. Of course the lack of any oil meant I didn’t get too dirty doing this.
Total 35.2 miles over 1,500ft climbed.