"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
What a ride - Things are going to be exciting when it is raining & there is a 45km gusty wind shifting all over the place.
Also factor in that I am 69kg, bike is 7kg fully loaded (cage, full bottle, peddles, & tools), & have semi-deep dish carbon wheels.
Yes, we got blown around. But we did it & look back with a smile.
Ms X asked why we do it - there is no simple answer other than rides like this morning with friends sharing a common bond, just make us stronger when the tough times come around.