We weren’t in the main hall tonight, that would have been a bit silly for the 150 or so attendees. We were in “Hall 2” or “the bar” as it used to be known. No support tonight, just two sets from Jon and John featuring a few new songs, a couple of solos, and a few tracks I’d not seen them perform live before. A very enjoyable evening.
Despite not working for DHL, I got co-opted into this by Steve who needed a bed for the night beforehand. The ride was from a DHL depot in Bristol, into Bath, up to Marshfield, then back to Bristol. The Marshfield bit worried me a bit, it’s at the top of several steep hills.
12 of us set out from Bristol along various cycle tracks to Bath before picking up our escort of two DHL vans who would chaperone us for the rest of the ride. We lost one rider to a puncture in the middle of Bath thanks to his use of tubs, leaving the remaining 11 riders to head up Bannerdown, most of whom were blissfully unaware of the climb coming up.
We climbed the long drag up to Bannerdown, surprisingly I was one of the few who didn’t resort to walking. Unfortunately while refuelling at the top it started raining making the next 15 minutes of the ride rather damp and cold.
After a bit more climbing up towards the M4 we cut back across towards Bristol before picking the cycle tracks up again for the last few miles home.
We did 38.5 miles in about 3 hours, slightly more than the promised 32 miles.
If you’re feeling flush, you can sponsor me belatedly via Steve’s page.
Having just finished one trilogy, it’s time to start another. Yarr.
At midday we were sat in the car hiding from the torrential rain and wondering if we’d driven across the country for nothing more than a cup of warm brown liquid purporting to be coffee. The 2pm start for the display was pushed back to 3pm by which time the rain had stopped. The sun occasionally made a bit of an appearance behind us, and by the end of the display we had some blue sky and lovely golden sunshine.
More photos: Shuttleworth Pageant Air Show – September 2011