Sunday, 20 January 2013
the path of least resistance ride
we crossed to the other side of The Lickeys where we encountered the first obstacle of the day, a fenced off trail, easily got past by bike but the other end of the trail was also blocked. this meant either going back the way we'd come or climbing over the 6ft fence.....which we were about to attempt until i noticed a gap in the trees which we squeezed through and found the fence there was wide open!, we'd have looke right charlies climbing when the fence was open not 2 meters away. As a reward we had hot sarnies at the cafe before skirting the golf course and finding our second obstacle, a fallen tree across the bridleway. the only way past was to use the ditch/stream on one side, it was very precarious and using the bike as a prop we picked our way through. Operation Tree Avoidance Then it was up a big climb to beacon hill to watch the sledging. The 4 people on a plastic bag were very entertaining, especially when one was launched into the air by a bump at one point! All survived intact though. it was very windy and the snow we'd had all ride felt like ice crystals battering into us, so it was decided to head home. Re crossing the road over The Lickeys it was amazing how conditions had deteriorated in the hour or so since we first crossed it, now cars were struggling to get up the hill and chaos was beginning to ensue, feeling quite smug at our ability to move with relative ease we short cutted through the woods and back home. a great ride, super to be able to get out and enjoy it, it was hard work and we certainly burnt off any calories we'd consumed.