Another day, another day of playing catch up. Haven’t a scoob what’s been happening today as been doing proper work.
Looks like we’re in for a treat at CP3 in the coming days. Our wrinkly footed friend Lewis Clark has been slaving away, night and day, cooking up some traditional Scottish fare for the hardy riders left out on the route.
This is what I love about our community. Even though Lewis shat it and quit cos he’s not hard enough, he’s gone above and beyond the call of duty and looks to be laying on quite a spread.
A typical Scottish shopping basket with all of the important food groups. There weren’t any frozen Haggis left so he has asked me to go and catch some wild ones. Will fire them over to you tomorrow Lewis. There’s a few decent hills up here where the roam. For those of you who haven’t seen one before, they are quite tricky to catch. You need to entice them out of their burrows using a hunting bagpipe. Their natural habitat are mountains or hills. The reason for this is they have one leg shorter than the other so the like to run round the hills you see. You have to shepherd them out of their own terrain and onto the flat if you stand any chance of catching them. One on flat ground it’s like shooting fish in a barre as they the end up just running round in circles. Easy to scoop up them up then.
Looks like Tennent’s have started ripping off Erdinger in the energy drink stakes. I can visualise the marketing meeting to thrash out the new branding for it. Here min, its nearly home time. Shit, our deadlines the morn, quick pass the sharpie.
I didn’t know Lewis at all before this years event, still don’t. But having exchanged a few messages on IG I feel I can comfortably rip the piss out of him and he’ll be cool with it. He’s up for the craic! However, If I’ve horribly misjudged him, he’s gonna hammer me. Look forward to meeting you in Fort Augustus sir! If you are built like a outdoor brick toilet, I am so sorry I didn’t mean any offence. 😈
Going to be real awkward if it turns out I’ve met him before and I’ve just dingied him!
We’ve not seen as big a mass exodus as we have in the last couple of days, but we’ve lost a handful more riders since I last made fun of them.
Les Brown who bravely fought on despite an ever increasing amount of troubles, has finally called it a day. He managed to ‘bodge’ a repair to his bottom bracket before it gave way as he reached Scotland. I’m not sure what his bodge was, but in my experience a bottom bracket is either burst or its no.
Lucy has also scratched, however she is carrying on, but now out of the GC time. You wouldn’t want to miss the best part of the UK after all! Jilly Dawes has scratched today too. I don’t have any info on the reason, but she ok and has reported in that she loved the experience.
Last one on today’s list is Sharon. She was in a pair with her husband Chris who is carrying on without her. To hear their story, back track to my first blog of this years event! Cracker it is! Here’s hoping they’ve no had a barney ;-)
My minions have yet to upload their pics from today so I’ll leave you with the current situation on stage 3.
The majority of the riders are now in Bonnie Scotland. Where the air is cleaner, the water is purer, the people are friendlier and the weather is finer. Welcome!!
Angus has currently a commanding lead back to Media Car 1 who have once more stopped to charge. Ollie is trailing with Mark back in third. The first of our ladies is Jaimi, who has a 15km or so lead over Philippa who has been suffering with sickness on the quiet for the past day. They are 7th and 9th respectively. If the last week has taught us anything however, it is they get stronger as the stage progresses, so should make up ground tomorrow.
Right, I have to go and rebuild my bike as heading down to CP3 to get the craic with the team and riders coming in. I fully expect Angus to be there waiting impatiently to be let into the hall.