There was more education to come from our captain when she said she had been abstemious with the salt in the porridge. Fantastic word.
Porridge, hot cross buns, coffee and tea made for a great start to the Easter Arrow weekend. I would like to write that it was a sign of things to come, instead I can confirm that it turned out to be one of highlights.
|Home made hot cross buns|
|Me at the finish.|
Never been so happy to wear pink and show it off!
I had also underestimated the temperature. By lunchtime I was already wearing all the layers I had with me. I go in waves of buying from 'that'll do' cycling clothes to top of the range 'only the best will do' cycling clothes and back down again. Unfortunately I'm in a 'that'll do' wave, and my jacket turned out to be a boil in the bag piece of plastic. Every time we stopped cycling, I started shivering through a wet jersey. A recipe for hypothermia, I thought, if the temperature drops further during the night section. I was very worried.
Which brings me to another highlight: the 24 hour Asda at Newark.
|Watching you, watching me|
|Spot the fast laydiz|
|Easter Bunny mascots, courtesy of fboab|
The Easter Arrow is a quirky event. At least three of you (or three machines) need to get to the finish. Unusually in audaxing, there is a winner. The team that covers the longest distance in 24 hours is crowned the winner. It's never a surprise who the winner is because the teams' intentions are often known beforehand. It does mean that everybody puts a 24 hours effort in, regardless of ability. And instead of recovered people leaving just as I arrive shattered at the finish, everybody looks equally shattered at the end of an arrow, and stays for breakfast. There is another quirky rule called the 22nd hour rule, and one of the reasons why I'm so happy to have Arabella as captain.
|Wonder women CrinklyLion|
The good moments were the villages, the fens, the guided bus, Jo saying 'epic' 14 times, the food, the company, the chats, the birds, the lambs, the smell of nectar, CrinklyLion and Isaac providing the cake fest, the mountain bike feature and the sun rise. Arabella said it wouldn't heat the earth, but I happily replied that it would warm my heart.
|Sunrise in Selby|
Many thanks to Arabella and fboab for planning the route. Thanks to all three laydiz for a fantastic effort. I can feel the Tuesday blues kicking in, because I want to thank everybody: Crinkly, Isaac, the teams, the staff at Spoons and the guy calling me 'effing weirdo' as I tried to get my bike out of the beer garden. You are all wonderful. Best wishes to Chris, hope you get a diagnosis.
Photos are here: MyPhotos
Photos are here: MyPhotos
- Seems my Easter Arrow charm worked again when I asked a second time of we could use the 'shut' toilets at the 24 hours Asda. I figured they were blocked off to discourage the drunks coming in. The trick was to ask the guy who had given me eye contact rather than the 'shut' guy who was busy reading 'a paper'.
- Once it got light, seeing parked cars with a layer of ice on the windows made me realise it was much colder than just freezing
- I spared a thought for John Radford
- Me singing (!) to pass the night time, prevent the dozies and cheer us up. Jo must have been pleased when Arabella took over! 'Oh, what a beautiful morning ...!'
|Congratulations to Jo 'rabbit' - on riding her longest distance.|