So perhaps a bit off topic, I noticed that October was really wet. And although it has taken a turn to the cold the rain hasn't stopped
Philip Eden, who pops upon Radio5Live occasionally to review the months weather has these stats:
147.8mm rain for Eng/Wales compared to average 103.4mm typical, also temperature anomalies for the whole British Isles between +0.4 and +1.4C.
I would really love to cycle down the gutter (David Millar style) but it isn't exactly paved well and covered in leaf mulch and giant puddles. I wonder when was the last time I saw a road sweeper van? The underside of my bike resembles a grow bag, it isn't just regular mud, it is the finest freshly ground leaf litter. Cars just displace the leaves leaving a slippy, potholed, network of hidden bumps and mini fords. Instead I cycle about 2m from the roadside when I can. Oh yeah and the parked cars in the cycle lane (yes you Upper Chorlton Road) don't help either.
Perhaps some dry cool weather or paying the people I though we paid anyway to clean the side of the road might help.
*Bake Off reference, cake and cycling work well together Moan over.