Thanks guys for all the friendly comments, glad I was only going slow so that I did manage to ride away from it.
What could I have done differnt though and how could I prevent it from happening again? Both good questions that I do not have a really good answer to. As I said, I wasn’t even really into the turn that much before the bike just went from uinder me and it was so fast that there wasn’t even time to realize that I was going down before I was down.
The best thing that I can think of to do is to avoid those areas of rode that are heavily covered in grit as much as possible – I always try to go wide on turns now as I know that the damn stuff is everwhere. I also try to go slow enough to keep the bike basically upright at all times, rather than lean into the turn. That may not be the best way to manouver, but for me it is the easiest and safest for now. I do intend to take the intermediate MSF course though and holpefully that will help for future.
That junction that I fell on was particularly bad though with a lot of grit going all the way across the lane. I don’t go that way often, but if I had to then I would go out with a broom and sweep it all off the road – avoidance seems to be a really good option!