Riding the English Fields
It was a great opportunity to get out on the bike and have a break from the holiday festivities. Richard and I took an hour or so to go out and simply play in the mud. It seems as if everything here is wet and the trails through the English fields were no different. Richard was able to borrow a mountain bike while I rode the Salsa Fargo. Unfortunately for me, I still had slicks on the bike, so it was an exercise in patience and balance as I slipped my may along the trails.
Once again, the ride reinforced how great a bike the Fargo actually is. I have now had my bike on just about every single type of surface, from road to sand, and dirt to mud, and all the while the bike just keeps on going...
I head out today in hopes of finding some fat tires suitable for the trip to Scotland on January 2nd. The route will be loosely defined per my normal style of micro-adventure. Packing will be my nominal ultra-light Salsa Fargo bike-packing kit with a bunch of loaner gear thrown in for good measure. This will be the first time that I get to make use of my complete Porcelain Rocket bags, which I will happily report on after the trip. The climate will range from mild and dry to cool and damp and ending in high altitude cold and snow. This makes packing a bit of a challenge especially when using a bike-packing setup.
As for my plans, well I love nothing more than setting out with a very rough set of goals and then seeing where the path takes me. Who will I meet? What sights will I see? What challenges will present themselves? What gifts will appear? All combined, these are the things that make micro-adventures so very worthwhile.