So, to Colchester again. Last time I went to the south of Colchester, intending to work towards the town centre; this time I started in the north, with the same intention.
Man proposes, rubber disposes. I'd gone about half a kilometer, when I realised that the bumping feeling that I was getting as I travelled along, probably wasn't bumpiness in the road. So I got off the bike and had a good look at the back wheel, expceting to find, I don't know, maybe a kink in the rim? What I did find, though, was a bulge in the tire where the inner tube was pushing the anti-puncture internal liner through a honking great hole in the tire.
I had a little think, and decided that it would be pushing my luck to ride the bike like this. So I biked back to the car, thinking, I'll find a bike shop. I looked at the map, and decided where a Halfords would be likely to be located, and I headed for there. And blow me! There *was* a Halfords in exactly the place I thought it might be. I took the bike in, and splashed out on a new back tire (£25, kevlar armoured and puncture resistant). fitting it (£7, because I thought that if I did it myself, it would take me an hour or two, because although I did have bike tools with me, I don't have the top-flight tools that they have in Halfords), and they were able to fix it in 20 minutes. While I waited, I wandered around the shop, and added a top quality U-shaped bike lock to the bill.
I took the bike back to the car, drove half a mile or so, parked, and did my tour of Colchester from there.
There were some cracking caches, too. One was an excellently made fake bolt, there were a couple of fake metal plates and I did two excellent multis that I'd always wanted to attempt. I also had DNFs on a couple of caches that I've DNFed before.
So a total of 26 caches today, plus a new tire!