Started out at 6pm, and pushing against a high wind, reached Atherton and Leigh. Turning down Deansgate, I ran over Butts Bridge to Glazebury. At Culcheth a squeaking sound caused me some trouble, for, though I hunted up and down I could not discover the cause. Meanwhile it grew worse, and after some time I located the position. It was inside the steering column. I did not like it for it seemed to suggest a fracture, but I had to put up with it. After running through a farmyard I reached Liverpool road, and twenty minutes later I was entering Irlam.
Near Patricroft the road is in a very bad state, and for two miles I was bumped about unmercifully. At length I reached Worsley, and taking a short cut through some awfully dirty lanes, I arrived back just on 10pm. As soon as possible I will find out the cause of the squeaking, for even if the bike is sound, the noise is undesirable.
35 miles, 4 hours