Sunday, 20 February 2011

ice road truckers

well all i can say is i didn't expect that!
me, raldiss (of 2010 c2c fame and supplier of the finest 'running pies' known to man) and charlie had a day's indulgent running planned from edale. so off we set off from home at 8am, into leek for some juice and then onward bound on the buxton road. only not so onward as it turned out. out of nowhere we went from cold blusterly conditions to a -5c artic-like landscape, with driving sleet/snow making for a whiteout. clearly the gritters weren't expecting it either.

needless to say, chaos was all around. lorries jack-knifing, cars unable to negociate inclines and the odd one detouring off the road altogether.luckily we were in the landrover but even so had to drive with care. descending into buxton it was obvious that our edale rendevouz would have to wait for another day so we hung a left and headed up to the cat and fiddle.
from there, our 5.5hr run out was tough going, with snow ,slush and mud slowing our progress and ensuring that our feet stayed soaked and cold throughout. i chose full waterproof bodycover whereas raldiss run in shorts! manly or niaive? i'll let you choose.




anyway, we had a hoot and gave ourselves a double reward. recovery eggs and bacon at peak view cafe followed a little later with lashings of re-hydrating staropramen and fish n chips in my local with mrs uc too. a grand day out altogether, even though not as planned

happy days

10 comments:

4 Winds said...

Sounds a cracking day oot. Congrats on the shorts - sadly no snow down here in soft southern pansy-land....

Stu Stod said...

Your looking like a paratrooper with that kit on your front-
Dont mind me- I get like this when I cant run!

soft southern pansy-land-
Is that another dartmoor punk group?

4 Winds said...

I rate the first album 'Shandy Drinkers' but the tricky second 'Cream Teas' lacks the venom of the first......

kate said...

wasn't the unexpected snow brilliant?! unfortunately we weren't running or biking but did have a lovely walk to a pub near bakewell... and some 'undeserved' beer ;)

Johann said...

That looks like rough conditions. Well done for getting out and having a good time. The shorts...I sometimes find shorts better than wet longs. Have a good week!

Dorian Grey said...

Shorts! The man is mad :P haha I woke up in Leek looked out the window and contemplated going back to bed that day! So you did very well getting out and put a great effort in like that; fish and chips well earnt I'd say :)

ultra collie said...

4 winds / stu stod..aye but the original 'lager top' had a bit of bite

kate ..beer is beer though as you know best drunk semi-tired

johann..im sticking with full body cover (for now)

dorian..snow/slush vs mud bath? whats your preference?

Drunkeneuphoria said...

Never have the rehyrdating qualities of Czech lager been more required or better sold I'd guess. I miss the snow, none here since Xmas now :¬(

Runningbear said...

Somehow me and Mr RB missed it all whilst darn in the softie sarf. Sounds like you had all the fun.

Julie said...

Hi David,
I had to get my Charlie fix in and look back at a few of your last posts:) I took a little blogging break but am happy to be back...checking in with my favorite blogs. It looks like you had a challenging run in the snow...you can totally handle it! Just a walk in the park for super stud you:)