Archive for December 3rd, 2010

December 3, 2010

Out of reach

by backpackingbongos

As I sit typing this I should be high on the moors between Wensleydale and Swaledale.  It is approaching 3pm so I imagine that a camping spot would have been identified by now with the Scarp1 being taken out of my pack and pitched on a platform of snow.  However by listening to the news reports and checking out the road conditions via the internet it looked like travelling to the hills would be a bloody nightmare.  I spent the morning in bed instead, which was nice.  Thoughts have started instead to turn to perhaps a walk in the Peak District tomorrow.  The Bongo has been sitting outside the house all week untouched and I thought that I would go and try to clear the snow off the windshield.  An inch of snow was covering a couple of inches of ice, after half an hour of chipping away I gave up.  I can’t for the life of me detach the windscreen wipers from their blocks of ice and the screen wash is frozen.  My can of de-icer is next to useless and the cul-de-sac on which I live is a skating rink.  I think that the Bongo is going to stay put for a couple more days.

My attention has now shifted to the railways, there is a direct service from Nottingham to Matlock.  I could get off at Cromford and have a pootle around Black Rock.  Thing is in these conditions can I trust the trains to get me home again?

With all this snow around to be played with, is it going to be a case of look but don’t touch?