The same old routes (almost always going through Herne Hill, or Dulwich Village) were getting a bit stale, so I suggested to Andy that we try a different direction. As different as it's possible to be in South East London, in any case. I mean, it's not as though we were going to happen upon some windswept moors.
So we headed out towards New Cross, with the intention of only doing four or five miles. And the new territory (which is far too grand a term) seemed to work. Our attention was taken off the slog, and the aches in our legs, simply because we weren't sure how long the roads went on for and didn't know which turns we should be taking.
The downside of this was that we got a bit lost, and lost each other at one junction (with Andy zipping past while I was checking the map on my phone) - and that added some extra distance. But it went well. Really well. No real stopping and starting, and a good pace all the way around. I think it surprised us both.
Distance: 6.3 miles/ 10.2km
Time: An hour.
Total distance (Andy): 41.2 miles/ 50.1km
Total distance (Elliot): 57.1 miles/ 85.6km