….by Ed Quayle
I had recently done a 60 mile ride on the smallest roads I have ever been on, led by a friend who has been a cyclist all his life and discovered motorcycling at the age of 65!
All of his route was what he had done as a cyclist and he got me lost several times in an area I thought I knew.
I had a first today though in my many years of motorcycling and that was actually breaking puddles that were frozen over. Entertaining, as some were deeper than others!
Although it doesn’t look it, this road runs alongside a farmer’s field and starts off as tarmac with a gate at one end. I would love to see the recovery man find me if I got stuck.
Road surfaces today were not too bad. As you can see from the pictures, they’re mainly clear but I did get a few bits of frozen snow which is hard to tell from slush….. you do know though when you try to ride through it!
Why do I do it?? One reason is because I am an idiot, but mainly for some weird reason – this kind of thing appeals to me as you see so many different things when riding/sliding.
I pick roads with little traffic if I can, so I don’t get in the way of the 4×4’s that seem to appear whenever there is a sprinkling of snow.
The frost on the branches stands out, the untouched snow in the fields….. and all that stuff that poets seem to like.
These types of rides stay in your head for a long time as well because they are so unusual.
It’s like riding in the rain when you get caught out – you remember the ride for the conditions, whilst the sunny ones just blur together.
He had said to his wife: “I bet he is going to the Ponderosa”. He was a fellow biker, but had common sense.
My Royal Enfield Bullet is a 2003 model but shares many parts with a 1950 model and people commuted on them a lot in those days – as they had to – so I am doing nothing special. It’s just a mind set that stops us these days.
Having a second bike to do this sort of thing on is really beneficial as I have written before in another blog post on here when I went out in the floods.
You can do it on any size bike – and the smaller the better. How about the bike you had in your youth that made you feel a hero, independent, grown up, mod, rocker, etc.
So, if you ever fancy a ride, check the weather….. and if its going to be crap, give me a call!!