Four of us started today's ride... but only two of us finished it.
Luckily that was how it was meant to be.
Here we are at the start.
Vikki - my Human Sat Nav - her friend Amy, Me... and an old friend of mine, Chris.
Vikki had asked Amy along because she wanted her to show us a nice way for the first part of the ride out to Bolton or similar... and she certainly did that. We did some quite long stretches of off road in the first half. I lived in Manchester for ten years and I knew where I was once. Chris has lived there all his life and he knew twice.
Once she'd taken us to a place where Vikki was more familiar, Amy then peeled off and went off to work leaving the three of us to carry on the ride without her.
We stopped for lunch in a glorious tea-rooms just before the climb into the Moors began
Then, as we crossed the boundary into Preston, Chris decided he ought to begin his return journey leaving only myself and Vikki to finish the job... here we are in Preston at the finishing line.
For reasons I didn't quite understand I was asked to pose for a photo with the mascot for Preston North End...
But anyway... here's the route: