Easy Riders: Stinchcombe, slightly on the bloody side
Absolutely beautiful weather today. The Easy Riders made the best of it. We gave ourselves 3 hours to do the Stinchcombe North Nibley loop and started with the golf course. Selsley is paying off. The single track around the edge of the golf course is not so scary any more and it was dry where the sun had a chance. The bits in the forest were muddy. There destiny had a first encounter with our group. Adam slipped and fell into the brush. From where I was it did not look too bad, but when he did not got up and Derek, who was straight behind him, shouted: ‘We need first aid, he’s done his face in.’ I knew it was worse than it looked. When I arrived at the scene blood was flowing freely. I got my kit out but Adam was adamant that he did not want anything sprayed on his face. I did not had have the full army field kit with me so I had to improvise, and I did. Adam showed that he was a true easy rider and continued the ride spooking quite a few walkers and other riders with his appearance later on. Heading towards the Dursley sculpture trail we found loads of tracks with little jumps in them. We could not resist and tried them out. The height we lost we had to regain on the road again. The forest was quite full of riders. Later we learned that an Evans Ride it event was taking place. Before we zoomed down the Steep Hill I asked for a vote whether we should do the GOAP or ascent to the Tyndale monument on the road. The vote was for the GOAP and it paid off. The tracks along the ridge are worth it. We had another little incidence which resulted in bloody elbows (what shall I say? body armour, body armour, body armour). The last challenge was the killer climb on the way back. Still, I cannot do it in one go, but I am getting there. Thanks to everyone for coming out for a bloody good ride.