Tiny Moments #171

It must be more than twenty five years since I last rode along these lanes on the western bank of the Exe. From Tiverton through Washfield and north towards Cove the tarmac ripples and cracks over tree roots, apparently ignoring the notion of traversing troublesome elements in the landscape by hammering straight up and over, like mini murs from the Belgian heartlands. Near Otter’s Holt I mis-remember the topography and turn right when I should have gone left. It’s a move that takes me away from the Exe, up the Parkhouse Water valley and its 20% inclines to Stoodleigh where, admittedly, the views are terrific and almost make the lung bursting, leg burning effort feel worthwhile.

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