Posted: 12/06/2016 at 20:17
I hope Madbee and Tommy had a better race than me, actually the race was ok it was the journey down that was a total nightmare. We set off in plenty of time, the journey according to google maps would take just over 2 hours. My OH has been to the place before so I didn't get too involved in route planning, this was a mistake and we don't have sat nav. Less than half way into our journey we hit a diversion sign the road we needed was closed and there was no obvious alternative route. We had two options according to the map, or maybe we didn't as we didn't know where the road would reopen. Anyway we went west far, far west, along slow roads that detoured us for almost an hour. My OH was getting quite annoyed by this stage as time was slipping away and he likes a good warm up before a race. Eventually we hit the motorway and got down to the town nearest the race, we just had another 5 miles to go to find the forest. But things didn't go smoothly, the road we were looking for just didn't appear. My OH was insistent we needed the A711 but I kept telling him it was the A710 we wanted. After much faffing we took the A711, the A710 turn off never appearing, by this stage we had less than half an hour to the race. None of the places we needed to go through appeared and we were going further and further away from any signs of forest, I got him to turn off onto a tiny road which should link to the A710 which he did, we were arguing quite a bit by this time. Then we got stuck behind a herd of sheep being slowly led by a farmer smoking a fag and not giving a shit about time. It seemed unlikely that we would make the race, the farmer hadn't even heard of where we were looking for. Once we passed the sheep, we eventually got to a junction and OH thought I'd led him to the wrong place, he was quite stressed, we both were. Despite his misgivings he followed my directions and boom! we found the forest and parked the car with 5 mins to spare until the start time. A quick run up to registration and we were off.