Took an offroad ride today and I did not feel like pushing it at all. Still took in a couple of stiff hills but the mud today was exceptionally bad. Anywhere that the trail was not chalk- it was deep slippery mud. Nearly had a couple of incidents but my Mud Pro tyres are still the tyre to get me out of trouble. Then down to Fuscardi's for a coffee and apple pie and home. A few miles on the road and we hit the MUP. You have to accept that pedestrians, kids and dogs are going to be on this trail but today we met a##holes. First five were 14 year olds that did not and would not hear us. My riding partner yelled out "Wakey Wakey" and he got an earfull of swearwords from them. I was following and gave them an earfull myself. Then a Motorbike was using the trail- He was stopped and I got the phone out and reported him to the police-and told him to push the bike until he got off the trail. Then there was a tunnel and 3 kids playing football in it. One turned round and saw me and blocked my path. I did not stop and hit him. It must have hurt as the bar end went into his stomach. He swore at me so as the football was loose, it got kicked way up into the brambles and it was pointed out to them that if they do not respect other trail users- Don't go on it. Then there is a section of road. On the entrance to the mup a car was parked. Just as I passed it- it pulled out onto me. Thats a nice scratch he has on his bumper now. The owner was not pleased but it was pointed out- he has mirrors so use them, don't block pathway entrances and give other user an indication of his intentions by indicating. He apoligised so no harm. Then I got home to find a dog running loose in the road and the owner letting it do so. To make it worse- I ran over the dog cr*p with my back wheel that the owner had not cleared up. After the ride I had just had- you can guess that it was not a friendly conversation that was had between us. Don't think we will be on his christmas card list this year.
One of these days I will have a good ride- in fact I normally do but that MUP is not going to be on my route home unless it is raining and I can miss the other idiots that are using it