After 6 days off the bike, due to tidying up my garden and allotment and getting the heavy work out of the way prior to shoulder surgery on the 24th, I went out on the Arkose yesterday afternoon.

Tarmac up to Chelmorton and then over to the HPT and to Parsley Hay. Down the Tissington Trail to Biggin and then off road on the rough Cardlemere and Cobblesnook Lanes, which really gave the shoulder some jip, back to the HPT. Northwest along to Parsley Hay and the reverse route home.

It felt a lot colder than it looked with a cold easterly and and I found I was wearing one layer too few. Only two pairs and a single cyclist seen and the car parks I passed were quieter than they have been for weeks.

A total of 36 miles and 1,644 feet in 2hrs 32.