Christmas Day! I was dying to get out this afternoon, but I could not trust myself out until 4pm, on account of the monstrous dinner I had removed. Even when I did start, my breath was slow and I felt heavy as lead. Labouring along Chorley New Road, I reached Horwich, and toiled along the rough setts to Chorley, where I lit my lamp. Past here, I seemed to awaken a little, and with the gradient and wind in favour, I managed to knock out a decent pace via Whittle le Woods to Bamber Bridge. At Walton le Dale I stopped for tea at the Unicorn, not from need of it so much as from convention. I found the Blackburn Clarion in here, and spent some time with them, chatting. It was 7.30 before I left, and being short of carbide, I tried to get some. I was unsuccessful. Here was a pretty pass! My lamp, however, was lit, even though it would not last, so I made a start along the Belmont route. It is just like me to choose a route where I was least likely to get any! From Higher Walton the climbing started, and I had a hard grind for some miles. Just below Hoghton, I called at a little shop for cigarettes, and to my joy, obtained a tin of carbide. From Hoghton, came a level stretch, then up again. My light gave out, but I refilled, and all went well. From Abbey Village the road climbed on to the top of the moors. It was a grand sight watching the powerful motor headlights sweeping along the road, showing the whole surface in ripples, Came a grand run to Belmont, then at a good pace I reached Astley Bridge, and so home at 9.30pm.