The Art of Self Preservation

By: snowgood

Jul 04 2017

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Category: Cycling, South Downs Way

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Having crossed the Cuckmere footbridge I was soon riding through the cow pats towards a helpful gent and his wife.

They held the gate open, and wished me well as I continued along the South Downs Way.

What came next was a test of my nerve.

A relatively steep track through chalk, with the inevitable flinty lumps, and shiny tree roots.  In bottom gear I laboured up the hill, once losing traction but staying upright.

Higher up I  reached a treacherous stretch with ruts, and formidably rocky terrain, one slip and I’d be in danger of doubling up my 2017 broken bone count.

Two gents encouraged, me only 200 metres more!

One  female companion cried out, “I don’t know how you do it!”

I made it through to a little carpark, and then headed up towards an incongruous flat topped reservoir.

The sun was beating down on, this was energetic work.

 

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