Up at 0500hrs as per to the sound of the Spawn of Satan doing his best fire engine siren impression. better than any alarm!
Got my togs on asap and dived in the garage for the Giant and set off at 0515hrs on a 20 miler via longbridge, West Heath, Wythall, Shirley, Hall Green, Sparkbrook, City Centre to Smethwick,route here:
The pedal through Longbridge and West Heath was a quick warm up then I hit the lane to Shirley, this is the bit of the route with the only hill to speak of. Pedalling through the countryside at dawn, especially heading east towards the sunrise is a hell of a way to start the day. It was very beautiful and accompanied by a soundtrack of the dawn chorus and various farm animals and the smell of Spring, just fantastic.
All to soon I was pedalling over the drawbridge over the canal just before Shirley and my rural reverie was broken with the thought of doing battle with the Stratford Road commuters. Not a problem though, at that time I was still the only thing on the road and the pedal along the A34 then down Fox Hollies Road came and went without a drama.
On the Warwick Road and really hitting the inner city now, traffic starting to build although nothing major and I turned onto the Inner Ring Road which leads down to the Bristol Road and onto my usual City Centre route in.
I got to work after a 1 hour 15 minute pedal feeling as fresh as a daisy to be honest. The only negatives were the biting cold which has frozen my feet and my numb hand and arm thing which is starting to concern me a tad.
I'll pedal back home via Frankly Beeches and hopefully the Muvi will function as it's a very pleasant ride and view. Apart from the killer climb over the Beeches!