Bit of a nightmare this year.
Folly number one we took a detour on the A601(M) just because its there which turned out to be a little disappointing, although to be fair I don’t really know what I was expecting of it, it only added 3 miles and took less than 5 minutes for the experience so not a massive loss.
Folly number two was when Louis noticed he’s fuel receipts had gone AWOL, he failed to zip up his tail tidy and they are now somewhere unknown on the A82 safe from the elements inside a small plastic zip lock bag, we did back track a little but couldn’t see them. The timed and dated fuel receipts are the proof that you visited each checkpoint in the correct order, no fuel receipts means no verification, bad luck Louis a lesson learned.
Folly number three was adding an unnecessary hour to our ride time by taking the A93 over the Cairngorms National Park too late in the day. We should have been leaving Wick at 15:30 and the plan was to take the A93 only if we left Wick before 16:30 otherwise we should take the more direct A9. We had somehow lost 2 hours on the first half of the ride and we left Wick at 17:30. Plan the ride and ride the plan straight out of the window.
Folly number four Adrian went AWOL! Just south of Perth on the A9 we got caught by a group of four riders and they took a couple of miles to all get past us and after they did I noticed Adrian was missing at the back. We pulled in at the next lay by to wait and wait, after about five minutes and no sign of Adrian I decided to back track in case he’s broken down or worse. Turns out all was well and he’d only stopped for a comfort break, downtime was minimal but it all adds up.
We got to Edinburgh at midnight where Adrian & Louis felt they needed an extended rest and very sensible decided to take 40 winks. Adrian messaged me later saying they’d completed the 1,000 miles but felt too tired to return to Squires and had returned to their hotel and quit the ride. I felt fine at Edinburgh and, as agreed before the ride, invoked Rule #1 which was that no rider should hold the others up. I continued alone to the next checkpoint at Berwick upon Tweed followed by a comfort break and much needed sip of coffee at Washington Services where I meet and joined two other straggles and we rode the remaining 90 odd miles to Squires together.
I covered that last 220 miles in just over 4 hours including one fuel stop and one comfort/refreshment break. If we’d rode at that pace throughout the day we’d have been back at Squires by midnight, a realistic finish time and a time that I’ve achieved in the past. As it was I was the last rider back to Squires, checking in at 04:41, a comfortable 39 minutes inside the 24 hour deadline.
Will I be doing the RBLR1000 on the weekend of 10th/12th June 2022?