I dont have a picture for this one as i forgot to take my camera!
I should’ve known it was going to be a testing week as as i left home to drive to Wales to work for BM i reversed into a neighbours car. After dropping the dog off, who’d just had an emerency operation as he swallowed a large flint stone, i headed to Wales to get to work an hour late. What a start!!
I love working for Si Pavey at the BM school and we had a lovely 2 days of glorous weather. My group was doing really well and in the last hour of the last day i decided to take them on a technical route down a single track in the woods. Now, im riding a BMW adventurer with semi – off road tyres and it is a tough route to do. Half way down is a deep puddle which we aviod, however one of my group tried to ride though it, fell off and broke the clutch resouvoir, the guy behind him dived head first into it and the one behind fell in the hedge. It was carnage for a while as i sorted one out after another. I rode the broken bike out of the trail and ran back to get the other on their way. We were running late for the meeting point so in my haste i fell off the adventure and the hand guard pinned my finger to the ground. embarrasingly i had to calmy ask one of the clients to rescue me.
I had the next day off and had arranged to go trail riding with a pal Big Nige from Caerphilly. A couple of years ago i moved to the Welsh Valleys to set up a motor project for young people, it didnt quite work out in the end but whilst i lived there i would go trailriding every weekend with Nige and the Caerphilly clan. We once did a 32 hour trailride from Caerphilly to Barmouth and back, doing the Strata Florida trail at 2 in the morning in a crazy storm. I hadnt been trailriding with them for years and i was really looking forward to it.
I turned up to Nige’s late, bike was falling apart so we spent an hr fixing it and then we were on our way. I was over the bars in the first hour but after that we had a fantastic day riding on top of the mountains in weather which was like a heat wave. I absolutely love it up there. We did find a few deep Welsh bogs and it was one of the rare occasions Nige got stuck and it was me helping him out. We took it easy and got to mid Wales before turning round to come home. I’d told Nige i had to be back before dark as i had no lights. I should have known better – when i went trailriding with them before we never got back before dark and at 8pm we were still on the mountain me with no lights trying to get up this ridiculous climb. After getting to the top we decided to stick my head torch to the bike and ride back on the road. We did do one more trail and off Nige went, i was trying to follow a small red tail light but the trail was really rocky and i really struggled but made it to the top.
As we turned into Nigels village some blue lights started wuring behind us – bollox!!! No lights, they really did give me a bollocking but luckly just a warning. It was good to get back and i needed to get back to Glyn Neath to work the next day. Went to pick up my keys from Nige’s garage but no bloody keys!!! Must have been in my jacket and must have fallen out of my pocket on the mountain. Ahhh!!!
Kindly Nige gave me a lift back to Glyn Neath as i had to work the next two days. Again had a great 2 days but managed to drop the adventurer as i was giving a demonstration on the hill recovery, it was not going well for me. I was also trying to sort out getting my key problem sorted – i found out that it wasnt an easy job and id need to get a key with a chip in so it was gonna costs loads of money.
Luckily my boyfriend found my spare key at home and Si lent me the Advenurer to go and pick it up – A 4 hour journey each way. So after working at BM jumped on the Adventurer back to London, back to Wales then back to London – a 12 hour journey. Im looking at it as a karate kid kinda exercise where its all good training for the Dakar. Thanks to Si and Nigel for helping me out to get home. X