I got to the forest in just under 2 hours and then did a couple of loops in the woods before heading to the visitor centre to refuel for the ride home. I checked out the local bike shop in Bewdley (Overspoke cycles) but it was closed. Amazingly i resisted the lure of the brewery right next door, despite the hoppy malty smell that was emanating from it.
As i passed the 40 mile mark I started to wonder if 100k (62ish miles) was obtainable on this route, as it turned out it wasn't, as i clocked 91k as i got home. So i refreshed my water bottle and hit the road again to obtain the final 9k. All this fuelled by an apple, a ham sandwhich and a flap jack, who needs gels,powders and energy bars?!