: In Praise Of Padded Knickers
27th April 2016
from padded knickers, I had no idea what to wear today.
Had it been a normal day on the fells, I would
have been alright, though probably carrying too much
spare clothing in my rucksack.
we weren't going out on the fells, we weren't planning
to carry rucksacks and, what is more, the weather didn't
know that it was nearly May.
may recall that our 2015 Christmas Outing BB1539
was in Grizedale
Forest on electric bikes. The weather was not
kind to us but the proprietor of VeloBikes
was. He offered us a second helping which
we gratefully accepted and scheduled for today.
fools we. Winter had returned. It was what
we might have expected in mid-December. Overnight
snow. Freezing start to the day. Bitter winds.
Wintry showers coming in which the Met Office usefully
predicted would increase bodily cooling especially if
clothing gets wet.
the other hand, we would mainly be on the trails through
the forest so we should expect some degree of shelter.
the end (I know you really want to know this) I opted
to wear my padded knickers underneath padded tights.
The logic being that two pairs of padding in the
nether zone should make for a more comfortable ride.
least there was no dilemma about what to put in the
sandwiches- nothing. Café
Sadly we were unable to field
the full team from BB1539
but six brave souls reported for action.
for the off
plan was to focus on the eastern side of Grizedale Forest
as last time we had gone west. For a short while
were extremely worried as it started to snow some three
hours earlier than predicted. Fortunately it was
just a flurry but it was cold zooming around the trails
on the electric bikes. However those motors do make
life a lot easier.
is just one incident to report.
and Roger were out in the lead and I decided
to join them. I arrived at what I thought
was the middle of the ample gap between
them but something went wrong and the next
thing I knew Roger and I were no longer
worse than my pride being wounded, there
was now a hole in my tights!
we were concerned about Roger but fortunately
he soon rallied.
said afterwards that it was a good job it wasn't him
with whom I tangled. At 18 stone (plus?) I quite
returned the bikes at the surprisingly early time of
11:30. It was tempting to carry on but half way
through a Cornish pasty in the café
it was clear we had made the right decision. It
had turned very nasty outside with snow and hail.
weather was not so bad that it prevented us having a
second refreshment stop- at the Eagle's
at Satterthaite. For the avoidance of doubt, of course
we drove there.
were amused by the wifi code:
putting the two outings together, we had the best part
of a full day's adventure in the forest and I am pleased
to report that my padded knickers did their job. But
next time I'll wear knee pads as well.
Wednesday 27th April 2016
27th April 2016
climbed in feet:
John Hn, Mike, Roger, Stan, Terry,
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should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1616 .
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- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
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