A new route uploaded into my new Garmin I headed off for a totally different route than the ones I've been doing recently. Out through Carshalton, Wallington, Coulsdon, Whyteleafe, Warlingham and Westerham and on to Sevenoaks in the end. Somewhere around Whyteleafe, I got a nasty shock of a climb in my face... Succomb's Hill. Seriously, what the hell? Out of nowhere, there's a 25% climb which is narrow, twisty and really busy with cars who don't take kindly to there being a bike on the road, travelling at around walking pace. I stopped in a private road, (Southview Road, according to Garmin) thinking I was pretty much at the top, to let some cars past and have a drink before carrying on, but I was wrong and there was more hill to go. I was actually worried I wouldn't be able to clip back in properly when starting at such an incline so instead of pratting about any more, I walked up the rest of the way and even that was tricky.
|See the width restriction and gradient signs on the left?|
|Route I was supposed to take|
|Route I ended up with (minus the bit from the pub to the station)|
When they headed off, I did too, not sure whether I'd cycle on home again or have to find the station and get a train. As soon as I got outside, the answer was clear - it was still very cold and windy, though the rain had stopped. I carried on in to Sevenoaks and found the station by chance very quickly. Home again home again jiggety-jig on the train, to a warm Mr TOTKat, tea and cake.
|See the silly bit about 22km in?|