I'm getting a bit fed up with doing the same route all the time, which is about all I can manage at this time of year. Mud free and traffic free: that's what I prefer. So today - just for a change - I took myself off to the New Forest.
My most regular route takes me through the centre of this fine city and back again - anywhere between 11 and 14 miles, depending upon which route variation I take. Today was the shorter option which is around 80% designated cycle routes, of which around half is a national cycle route. And this involves negotiating gated barriers four times and no less than 40 speed bumps, and not to mention the car driver who considers a city-centre cycle path to be a convenient (for them) parking spot. And not to mention the ambling pedestrians and hundreds (yes, hundreds) of dogs, all determined that I'm the one in the wrong it seems. So much for encouraging cycling, Winchester City Council.
The problem with February (or at least this February) is the cycling choice is either busy road or mud. And that's when the sun is shining, which it mostly isn't. Hence two weeks between rides. Roll on spring.