As long as they are of the correct distance, you can do any route you like. You just name places, and they take the shortest route between those places as the distance.
I wanted a flat ride, and due to various things about the only time I could do it was the weekend before my birthday. So I plotted out a 200km DIY route (that minimum distance was 212km) and set out to ride it early Friday morning.
I'd planned to do it that day, because the weather forecast had said it was going to be quite still.
Of course, it was really quite a strong wind. With a nice strong tailwind I did the first 66km in exactly 3 hours. It all changed after that. 66km was my turn around point, and from that moment on I was either into a headwind, or a strong cross wind.
I was going well though. I had a wide selection of BBC podcasts on my iPod to keep me entertained. Following the GPS was easy to do, all I had to do was keep turning the pedals.
I followed the GPS down the route I'd mapped out, and met this. A big gate across the road closing it off. If I'd been stupid enough to ride around the gate through the big hole in the fence I'd just have met this even bigger gate at the other end, with no hole in the fence and I'd have had to turn around anyway. So a good job I didn't do that and end up adding another 10km onto my route.
So, having added another 10km to my route I decided it must be lunch time and stopped for a sandwich.
I'm rather pleased that I got the fueling pretty much spot on this time. Forgoing all the fancy nutrition bars and gels (I took some along for emergency rations) I made do with sandwiches and snack bars. It worked well for me this time out. A mixture of Cheese sandwiches, and Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches.
I was getting tired going through Lincoln, and ended up making a mistake while trying to take a short cut. I actually ended up having to cross the A1 and cycle on it for a bit.
I ended up back home after 14 hours and 50 minutes, with the time limit for the ride being 14 hours and 50 minutes. I'm quite proud of that though. My first 200km Audax, and I ended up cycling 236.5km (146.95 miles)
After that we all went to Alton Towers. It was OK as far as these things go, but it was very busy. We stood in queues a lot. We didn't go on the biggest rides, because D2 is too small and was a bit scared of some of them.
I'm not in any hurry to go back.
The best ride was a water ride. You sat in a boat with big water pistols on the side and went around a lake shooting water at other boats and people on the bank (who shot back at you). We got soaked, and it was great fun.
Back to work tomorrow. Boo!
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