Friday, 31 October 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
the only drawback of the warm damp conditions is the huge amount of insects that are still around. so numerous you can actually see clouds of them and if you ride through the cloud you instantly gain a black covering and the rest of the ride is spent itching!
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Yes I know I take at least one picture every ride but today Dan and i took the "big" cameras out for a change. It did mean having to wear a back pack which isn't my favourite thing in the world. Inevitably the ride was a bit stop start as we chose different spots to take photos, it did get a little geeky at times as we discussed F-stops and shutter speeds and there were a few bemused looks from walkers and other riders, they probably thought we were taking photos for some sort of extreme SAGA magazine! after a couple of hours we paused for cake and realised we hadn't done that much riding. We decided to have a camera amnesty and do some pedalling for the final hour or so to make the mileage total look a little more respectable.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Today was old school, we just went for a ride up the woods, taking advantage of the still fairly dry and puddle free conditions before the autumn really kicks in and returns everything to it's base elements mixed with copious amounts of water.
Today we pedalled, attempted to wheelie, mostly stayed upright, ate cake (or raw tea cakes) drank tea and struggled to keep up with Dan who "was having a good day", we thought he'd left the oven on and was rushing to get back. Great workout though and the perfect excuse to have a sleep on the sofa in the afternoon, which I'm sure all the Freeride/Enduro heroes also do.
*lets not mention those shorts Ant ;-)
Saturday, 11 October 2014
The off road sections had deteriorated a little due to the wet weather but everything was passable, even the above trail that gets more than it's fair share of abuse by our hoofed friends. A challenging track at the best of times with it's hidden roots but now just about to succumb to the churned up nightmare of winter it was actually fun to pick lines around the trampled bits, the going as they say was good to soft.
So as usual when having fun, time passes quickly and i didn't get to the cafe until 12:30 but then what self respecting eating establishment would be shut at probably it's peak time when most peoples mind/stomach turns to food, well this one does. All in darkness and with the outside chairs stacked up it looked closed and very unwelcoming. i checked the internet to try and find details, maybe this was a one off, but no, they close every Sunday at 12 noon. they must be making a lot of money in the week to be able to ignore the potential takings from a Sunday lunch time.
So, disappointed and a little hungry I carried on, it probably did my waistline good and definitely benefited my wallet but I'll think twice before visiting that cafe again...it'd probably be closed anyway
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
singletrackworld I see it as "be aware" of the bull rather than "don't enter" but i agree the wording could have been better
The steep chute I discovered last autumn was due a visit and despite some fallen trees it was still accessible. The exit though is very steep and I hopped off the bike to walk up the slope. Which is when my theory that walking is much more dangerous was proved as i stood on a hidden log, my foot slipped from under me and i felt a searing pain in my lower back, probably a pulled muscle. If it's been riding I'd have been fine. Humans eally aren't designed for walking ;-)