Dry enough today for a run out, though it was a bit cold and windy. I thought I'd go up to Melbourne, across to Ticknall, down to Ashby and then straight back home. But I was enjoying myself too much by the time I got to Ashby so I hung a right to Packington and motored on down through Twycross to Sheepy.
By the time I got there I decided I couldn't quite be bothered to do the full Ratcliffe Culey - Fenn Lanes variant, so I cut across to Sibson and came home past the Gibbet Post through Congerstone, Shackerstone and Heather. As usual I stopped for a few minutes at the Gibbet Post bench to enjoy the tranquility.
40.12 miles, which takes me to 261 this month, 863 this year.
On April 17th 2015 I'd only done 476, though a year ago I'd done 1140.
This trip really brought home to me how useful smartphones are for cycling. My DAB batteries died after the first hour and I knew I only had about an hour's worth of juice in the spare set, which would have been fine for the shorter trip I'd planned but wouldn't have lasted the longer ride I now intended. So I thought I'd try the BBC radio app - I didn't expect the mobile broadband signal to be good enough for this but in fact I got an uninterrupted service all the way from Ashby down to Sibson, when I switched back to the DAB. Just superb. I also used the phone to check my position on Google Maps and to phone 'er indoors from the Gibbet Post (I'd told her I'd be out for about two hours, though she never believes me anyway). If I hadn't had a GPS watch on I could have used it to record my ride and upload it to Strava. I sometimes post updates from it to Facebook on a longer trip as well.https://www.strava.com/activities/946413241