Never listen to Ian when he says “I’ve got a new idea for part of the route today”, it’ll only end in pain.
The first planned deviation we took was actually quite nice, however after the tea stop Ian decided it would be a good idea to head up towards Dundry instead of heading round the back of Chew Magna. We ended up riding a steep climb, a short descent, then an even steeper climb. I can now say that I’ve ridden it once, and never plan to do it again. It did at least add a few miles and another 150 meters of climbing onto the route. The rest of the ride was actually really good.
In the end I did 40 miles with 3218ft/981m of climbing. If only I’d done another 2 miles I’d have reached 100 miles for the week.