My cycling chums were busy working yesterday and couldn’t join me for our Wednesday ride. I had a few things to do too so I thought I’d do a local, partially off road, loop which usually takes about 40 minutes. However, it had rained Tuesday night and once I left the tarmac I hit ‘treacle’. The mud was SO thick and glutinous I couldn’t stay on the bike but pushing it along the track was impossible too….the wheels were so gummed up they wouldn’t turn!. I had to carry the bike loaded with mud and my shoes felt more like divers boots. Eventually, the road was a very welcome sight to this creature from the swamp. Needless to say this ‘ride’ took much longer than usual plus nearly an hour cleaning my bike.