Check the weather forecast, done.
Convince the wife that is was a good idea, done.
Ride bike, done.
The weather forecast was bang-on for once, the BBC suggested south-westerly winds which would mean the wind blowing me towards my destination (for most of the route), I’d convince my delightful wife that she would be able to find my mothers house on her own and I’d be fine riding the 40 odd miles to arrive for in time for lunch. Basically that was the story of the ride, other than to say when riding into the wind I was down at 13-16mph, but when I turned my back on the wind I was smashing along at 23(ish) mph. Generally, a very nice, enjoyable ride on a beautifully sunny December morning, a marvellous way to end the year!!