Dec 09 05

It was raining this morning, so we stayed in bed. But Saturday Kitchen was getting boring, so eventually we emerged. It was still raining.

A latte and a mince pie later, we decided we would trust the forecast – a brighter afternoon – and we headed to Borrowdale for a few hours on the mountain bike.

Just as we arrived, the heavens opened again, so we sat in the car and waited. Eventually the rain stopped and we actually saw blue sky. By this time it was 2.15pm.

Following the sun

Following the sun

Borrowdale (not the one near Keswick, but the one in the eastern fells) is a lovely, very quiet valley that heads from the A6 towards to M6. It was very wet and windy which really slowed our progress.


We got the usual kind of thing on a Mountain Bike route in the Lakes – lots of up, lots of down, and a little bit of flat. We passed a lovely gate.


Suddenly we noticed it was getting dark, and we realised we wouldn’t get back to the car in day light.

At the half way point - and it's dark!

At the half way point - and it's dark!

We tried to speed things up, but the final steep wet hill was too hard to ride. Pushing the bikes was exhausting – especially with the blocks of ice that had replaced my feet.

In the dark we lost the track on the hill, but we pushed on, heading vaguely in the right direction, and eventually we made it back to the A6. We had a scary ride back to the car in pitch black and no lights, but we made it one piece.

The bikes are back in the shed. Tomorrow I’m staying in bed.

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