Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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My only experience so far with animals on the trail was similar to yours. Had a deer charge at me from 100yards away. Fences both sides and I was just getting ready to throw my bike at it and jump the fence, when it turned left and jumped the fence itself. Don't know what sort of deer but it was big with massive great big antlers that probably made it look larger than it was, so did have me worried.
This morning went for a ride and ir was obvious after a few miles that this was not going to be a long ride. Left home with the temperature at 19deg F and it got colder. We headed off for the coast where it should have been warmer, it wasn't, and had problems. First of all I put the winter gloves on, and they are not comfortable. They are no longer windproof so the hands got cold. Feet were Ok with two pairs of socks and the waterproof shoes, and the body was fine with an extra layer. Those hands though were very cold, and numb and getting painfull. Stopped for a coffee at our normal cafe, and the attachment is of their pies for you to drool over. The Sticky Toffee pudding is very sticky and very toffeeish and was beautiful, espevially after the eggs on toast.(They don't do a full breakfast here)
While queuing fot the eggs, my hands came back to life and one of the waitresses came to my rescue and gave them a massage. She was latvian, and 24 and very tall and slim with blonde hair. Those hands hurt, and I don't think the massage worked, but you should have seen the jealousy on the faces of my riding companions.
Apparantly the temperature got as low as 12degF on the ride, but at no time was speed any part of it- due to wind chill factor. only 25 miles and a good ride, but I have got to get better gloves.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 03-09-08 at 03:29 PM.