I took Katie out for her first ride of 2010 and chose a great ride, thanks to @phillconnell. He suggested that we took the canal tow path from Firgrove up to Smithybridge and back as it’s a nice gentle gradient. We got to the bridge just after 2PM and proceeded to ride up the tow path, in horrible, cold, yucky weather. The ride itself was great, the towpaths were very muddy and it’s the first time i’ve seen Clegg Hall.
We got to Smithybridge in good time and decided to cycle up to Hollingworth Lake and do a loop around the lake before cycling back. I was quite surprised to see that the lake still had a lot of ice on it. Katie did brilliantly and didn’t need to stop and rest her legs as per our usual ride near home.
We did the ride in 1 hr 22 minutes and covered 6.38 miles. She’s absolutely shattered now, but had a great time and wants to make it a regular ride, but only when the rain has stopped.. She’ll get used to the weather!