Well, the riding season is upon us once again, and I've just spent a very pleasant few days in Somerset, despite the weather.
This is what I learned:
1. DON'T pull onto the edge of a pub carpark to consult your map, or 15 minutes later, you'll STILL be throwing a stick for a very insistant collie dog
2. soft tyres + heavy rain + Porlock Hill is NOT fun
3. When your map says 'scenic route' it's pointless doing it in thick fog. Mind, the roadside banks were rather pretty
4. DON'T go down the 1 in 4 hill into Malmsmead when it's pissing it down unless you like going down hills sideways
5. cake + lake + friend = excellent afternoon
6. Don't let Buzzby chase swallows unless the cafe owners like birds flying round inside their tea rooms
7. When you're at a sleepy little harbour village, it's not the fact that those 6 ladies in very smart business suits are standing outside a bar swilling beer and smoking cigars that seems incongruous, it's the fact that they're all men.......
8. Only stand on top of Clifton Suspension Bridge in a strong wind if you like your hair getting all knotted up
9. When a guy on a 1400 Kwak blasts past you going up Cheddar Gorge, don't mutter 'prick' under your breath, as for sure, when you go round the next bend, you'll have to swerve to avoid him and his bike lying in the middle of the road. ('pillock' would be more apt)
Quite a learning curve, I think..........
A bad bad boater
5 weeks ago