Thanks to a ride out via North Stoke, I now have my first proper case of nettle rash of the year. I’d not ridden that route for a couple of years, but the decent from North Stoke to Swineford was as good as ever, although possibly a bit tamer than usual. Either that, or the 69er is smoothing things out nicely.
The downside of the ride was that the footpath between Swineford and the cycle track was very overgrown with loads of nettles down one side and round the gates. Thanks to that I now have annoyingly itchy legs which will no doubt persist for the next few days.