I wanted to do about 30 after work. With the wind coming from the south a Twycrosser or Bypasser seemed in order, but within a minute of setting off I’d decided not to do that again, and I pedalled up Top Brand instead. By the time I’d reached the roundabout at the top, I’d hatched a plan to go west to Ticknall through Melbourne then home through Hatshorne, Woodville, Ashby. And I stuck to it.

I’d been looking forward to this one because it would take me past the 400 mile point for February, and also over 940 for the year, which would mean that I’d made up the difference between last year’s target (4200) and this year’s (4540). 340 miles over target for the first two months, in other words.

Back on 27 miles exactly, not as many as I wanted but more than enough for today’s purposes. 425 done this month.

A bit cold out there, and that was a substantially climbier route than a Twycrosser of similar distance would have been. But it’s nice not to do the same thing all the time.