Apologies if this post is a bit of a filler as I transition between things. We’re also having some technical difficulties (my fault) here at the PRBC so I can’t post any images to make it more exciting.
Last weekend I completed the Dirty Reiver 200km gravel event in Kielder. It was tough and I feel like I should write about it. However I almost feel like the time has passed and having taken no photos I can’t even show you how beautiful it was. You can read a short write up I did that appeared on the grit.cx website here.
I returned home to a custom framebag made by Judith for this summers adventures. It’s really really nice. I did take a photo but as I can’t upload it you’ll have to imagine how nice it is. I will talk more about summer soon I have plans, big plans. Some of which are big and scary.
My mind has also been whirring around some other big vast topics. Most of which I don’t know how to put into words yet. So normal service with big ideas badly outlined will happen at some point. You’ve been warned.
Most of my mental energy this week though is focused on next weeks trip to Scotland. Over three years ago I had this crazy idea to paddle the length of the Caledonian canal in a packraft. Well starting on Saturday this trip is finally happening and somehow I managed to persuade Judith to come along with me. She has written a blog about preparing for the trip which will be appearing on the Next Challenge website at some point so keep an eye out for that. The boat has arrived today so it’s all systems go. We are taking my Spot tracker so if you want to follow our slow progress then click on the ‘Where is Ben‘ page.
Hopefully when I get back in ten days time I can show you images of the trip and tell you all about it. In the mean time I have to thank Tom for tirelessly maintaining the technological nuts and bolts of this site for no reward beyond my unbridled gratitude. This was never meant to be a blog by just me, I’m just the most regular contributor of our ‘club’.
So another ‘week’ without ‘net access beckons. See you on the flipside.