I should have know. The road turned into a gravel track. Gravel track turned to bridal path. Bridal path turned to a grassy track. In between all of this was a VERY steep incline, similar to one I experienced a while ago, but this being a great deal steeper!
Trying to cycle up this on a Brompton - my Orange Flame Lacquer - proved all but impossible. If the surface had of been tarmac, maybe but this was soil, laced with stones, leaves, the roots of trees and large dollops of horse manure!
I pressed on and had to push my bike up the hill once I got halfway up. At the top I was greeted by an open field so I decided to turn back. Being a foolhardy sort I cycled down gingerly and at the end a chap on a mountain bike started his ascent. He took a look at me on my Brompton and just said, ‘well done for getting down that in that!’ I took it in the spirit it was meant.
The next time I will stick to letting my Wahoo plot my route, rather than me try and do it very badly.
Stay safe people!!!