A beautiful day, almost like Spring. I hitched a lift to Tatton and cycled back – first ‘rural ride’ of the year (now there”s an idea – re-doing Cobbett by bike). From there via Rostherne to Dunham and from there via canal and trans-Pennine Trail back to Chorlton. The birch trees look so beautiful in the winter sunlight – parts reminded me of riding through the Copenhagen suburbs. A great deal of flood water and in places I had to ride through it, on unsurfaced sections, wondering what hidden holes were below the water, but I didn’t come off. One puncture in the woods, quickly fixed and it made for a break. I’m glad I took the touring bike (my retirement present to myself) rather than the lightweight folder given the terrain. The route is a good, if rather slow, traffic free route from home to the countryside. I videoed much of it (camera on the handlebars – my Christmas present) so will be able to post a very boring film here once I’ve got it back from the chemist. Lots of ‘signs of Spring’: catkins, snowdrops and crocuses, and the annual miracle of the swelling buds.