What am I doing here?

Trip Start Jun 02, 2013
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Trip End Aug 30, 2013


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Whoops a daisy. Dash it all. Blast. Oh dear. Well blow me down with a feather."

That is a printable translation of some of the utterances that were issuing at great speed from my helmet as I lay in a river with the bike on its side on my leg, again.

When they can't be bothered to build a bridge they just let the river run across the road and concrete the base so the river doesn't wash it all away.

This base is as slick as ice with verdigris.

We had done a couple of crossings with no issues at 1mph (as opposed to yesterday's technique of 40mph) and all was OK.

Bill cleared this one using the 1 mph technique. It was 30 feet wide and about 6 inches deep.

I thought I would try the standing up approach at about 10mph as I had yet to fall off using this method.

 Well you can guess the rest.

You are now asking yourself why would anyone with this little talent attempt an off road ride of 5500 miles. Well you are not the only one. I am asking myself the same question about every 10 minutes.

Now, if Bill is leading and there is a 4x6 inch puddle, I can see him look in his mirrors to see if I am laying down in it.

Other than dealing with my own incontinence, sorry, incompetence, it has been a lovely day. Weather a bit shit this morning. More rain and humidity and getting very wet later (but what do I expect laying down in a river?) and then hot and sunny PM.

Rob from NC has organised new tyres for us which have been shipped to Terry's Cycle Store (a bit like my nephew Paul's Cycle Store but his staff dont spit chewing tobacco) and we are there in the morning having new proper off road knobbly tyres fitted. (What excuses can I use for beimg shit when I have decent tyres?)
 
Tune in tomorrow for the next instalment of "River of the Southern States I have laid down in"
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Cedric Jones on

Water is good for you standing up or lying down. Just keep peddling on

Glenn on

You guys are putting several miles behind you. Your bottoms are probably getting a little chaffed. I am wondering if Bill has tried any of the butt butter I gave him.

Dave be careful not to let Bill sneak any of the special butter on your toast!

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