Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Wet mud, wandering sheep - the joys of rural riding...

Last week I had very little chance of riding because of a combination of poor weather and the need to use the car for work. That was followed by a training weekend for my ministry to which I needed to take enough stuff as to make riding too risky, especially as we were experiencing fairly gusty winds.

So, today I was pleased when things brightened up a bit and I managed to free the Triumph from the garage. It was rather fresh though and I incorporated a number of layers when dressing for the ride, including thermal long-johns. I still felt the cold but it was actually rather refreshing, sort of reminded me how in touch with the elements I am when I ride; and that's part of the joy.

It really is just round the corner from home to open countryside and that was where I headed. The roads in places still had a damp sheen and in some places are in a terrible state of disrepair. Added to that were large stretches of clumpy wet mud left behind by farmers' tractor wheels. It all certainly upped the concentration levels. Nevertheless it was a great ride out, a ride with no destination, making navigational decisions as I went along.

On the homeward part of the journey I travelled from Flaxton across Strensall Common. The road would be great for testing the lean, wide sweeping bends and good views, if it wasn't for the free range sheep. Hundreds of acres of common land to roam around on and they all choose to graze along the side of the road. And boy are they unpredictable! It all adds to the fun though.

The sheep furthest from me in this photo had 
actually stepped out in front of me and stood 
stubbornly in the middle of the road until a 
car nearly hit it just before I took the picture

She's such a poser

I love this time of year as the colours 
change and everything feels so crisp


  1. Free range sheep have no common sense. Funniest thing we've seen in the road was a llama running down the middle of the road about 7 am as we headed to Eastern Oregon last year for the bloggers meet up.

    We expect deer, coyotes, dogs, even cows, but the llama was completely unexpected in the middle of a 5 lane highway.

    Glad you got out for a brisk ride.

  2. A llama on a 5 laner, now there's a sight! Makes stubborn sheep pretty mundane.