I appreciate that some people will want to continue to ride on the road, and I am going to presume compliance with the guidelines.
Just a word of warning, there is a substantial amount of cardboard on the second half of Skid Hill Lane, mostly beer can cartons, and with the breeze today it was fluttering around like pennants warning of danger, and creating it. There is a large bag of it on the dip, and it’s rapidly spreading.
However, on a more positive note there is a pair of buzzards nesting somewhere on Beddlestead, they were out eating the carrion today, looking good and healthy. Even better news is that the two trenches on Blackmans Lane have been filled, which just leaves the smaller holes, but it is progress.
Talking of 'when wild birds attack cyclists'...I was once swooped on by a short-toed eagle while coming off Mt Aigoual (doing the Tim Krabbe/The Rider round), and then a couple of summers ago in the Swiss Valais alps something really bizarre. Grinding up a long valley through crags and a village I was dive bombed repeatedly by a flock of crag martins, some actually tapping my helmet. My best guess was there were a swarm of small flies they were trying to catch - it was hot and I was slow...sweet memories.
Post by David Joss Buckley on Apr 1, 2020 14:12:29 GMT
Short-toed eagle? That's nothing - many years ago I was chased by a yeti, attempting the first MTB ascent of Everest (from the Chinese side, obvs) I managed to distract him by flashing my head-torch in his eyes and soon - using rudimentary language and gestures - I was able to teach him to ride my bike. Later, he was adopted by a Nepalese family, and a couple of years after, moved to the UK. He now rides with Bigfoot. ... Can I go out yet...?