I love the effect winter has on the roads. My favourite is folk that leave all the snow on the roofs of their cars like a big blanket, yeah, it looks really cool. 20-odd years ago I saw one of these mini-glaciers blow off a car roof onto the poor unsuspecting bastards windscreen behind causing him to lose control on the motorway and crash.
The police should stop drivers who just carve off enough snow to get into their car without getting a bit of snow on them and make them clean it all off with their bare feet. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be clever to pass a driving test, I reckon an IQ test should be a prerequisite to buying a car. That’ll quieten the roads a little.
In the same area of annoyance is the local primary school where the road outside has the zigzags, such things now doing their job in stopping stupids parking where the kids are crossing and running about. However, put a wee bit of snow on it and the zigzags suddenly don’t count, and cars are two-deep at the roadside with swerving motorists and beeping horns all the way through this new gauntlet of stupidity outside the school gates. The lollipop lady looked like she was about to crack. I reckon she could do some damage with that big sign of hers. You go girl.
I spend the night shivering/sweating/coughing/sneezing in a duvet on the couch. In many ways the meet getting screwed up might have turned out okay for us all, sure the roads are open but we’d had to have dug ourselves parking spaces. The snow is unconsolidated and would be hard work, and those clear blue skies would be hard on the eyes.
More test kit has come in, including a tarp. Oh yes, early next year it’ll be all tarps on here, 2011 single-person tents as well. An Edelrid Opilio came in yesterday, a nice light remote canister stove with preheat and a Charlet Snowwalker ice axe, terrible name but a nice light axe. There were some AKU mids as well which Joycee has hidden, I’ll have to quiz her later.
Beechams, Lemsip, soup and crossed fingers.