Lost in Tamworth, “it was his fault” – Jogle 2015

Day 8 – 14th August

Nantwich – Stone – Rugeley – Litchfield – Tamworth – 75.6 miles

Another Tupperware Day, but this time with heavy rain. We woke to it beating on the roof of the camper van. The weather forecast offered no solace, it was going to be one of those days when even a duck rolls over and hits the snooze button. Needless to say I struggled to get up.

What started badly got worse when at 6.5 miles we had our first puncture of the trip, my back wheel hitting a pothole. Now changing an inner tube is simply no drama but in the pouring rain when freezing cold it does not rate high on my to do list! By the time we reached Nantwich 10 miles on we ready for a coffee. Yet despite being indoors with a big mug of hot coffee we still felt cold and for a while I had the shivers. When you put your backside under the hand dryer in the toilets you know you’re cold, and on departing we had left a veritable puddle (a pond in Bobs eyes) under our table and chairs.

Once back on the road and following a pit stop for a change of clothes and more air in the rear tyre we were fine. Or at least resigned to our lot.

Onto Stone and then through Rugeley. It was Bobs idea, he had never been through Rugeley before, and having done it once, I have to say it was once too often! Next Litchfield and finally Tamworth, where we got lost. I blamed Bob, he blamed the lack of signage, but the net effect was going round in ever decreasing circles clocking up a couple of extra miles until he finally let me have a look on my Garmin! Problem sorted.

We were called Badass today. I’m assured its a compliment. Apparently we were out on our cycles when most would have pulled back the curtain and gone back to sleep. Believe me if I had the choice I would have done precisely that! But whilst it rained most of the day, and sometimes it felt like we were cycling along a stream, we are in a relatively flat part of the country so the cycling itself was mostly easy going.

Tomorrow is a big day and one that all three of us have been looking forward to. We are being joined by family and friends to cycle tomorrows 77 mile leg with us into Abingdon. Then we have a bbq at Abingdon Fire Station. Its also a very poignant day for Bob and his family because it will be 10 years to the day that Dale was involved in the accident. The day that Dale was effectively lost. So please spare a thought.

Gareth, a parent director at Rush Common is cycling with us tomorrow on a Boris bike because he threatened to do so if he raised £1000. His family and friends have called his bluff and he has raised £1000. So Gareth, I have arranged for a length of rope for you to hang onto whilst Bob tows you up the hills. He is very happy to help out!. Anyway great effort mate. That’s what I call badass.

Talking of which I have a great badass story about Bob from Boxing Day 1982 to share with you all before the trip is over. Do remind me.

Thank you for reading and do keep the comments coming.

Miles to go 350


About Oval Balls

Middle aged and sport loving who loves his wife, children, granddaughters, and family. Other joys include the theatre, travel, reading, writing, walking, good food, great wine, fun friends and life generally. I never thought that I would embrace the "social network" to the extent of reading other peoples blogs, let alone writing one myself. Twitter too. But as you can see, or read, I have been converted.
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7 Responses to Lost in Tamworth, “it was his fault” – Jogle 2015

  1. Nicky Brock says:

    Great work guys, keep it going. We have had limited access to the Internet where we are staying in Italy but enjoying catching up now. Enjoy today and we are sorry we cannot be there to cycle with you all and lend our support. Nicky & Justin xx

  2. Geoff says:

    Well done both of you. It’s one thing to do the distances each day, it’s quite another to overcome the depressing effect of continuous rain. Here’s hoping for fair weather for your leg through Abo (and remaining legs). Can’t be there to cheer you on, but will be thinking of you. Best wishes Geoff

  3. fred says:

    sounds as if you both are having a ball despite the weather, punctures and sore bums along the way. The way you describe it is almost as good as beeing there. Good luck for today when others join your slog which I think will help you both massively as safety in numbers and all that. Not to mention of course the banter along the way. Looking forward to hearing about 1982 where Bob is concerned and you can count on me to remind you to spill the beans as well. Bon courage mes amis.

  4. Laura Youngman says:

    What an amazing adventure you have had already and thank you again Chris, for all you are doing to support Rush Common. You should be feeling very proud of what you have achieved. Let’s hope the weather improves for you! I have enjoyed reading your blog very much and I am sorry that I cannot be there to cycle with you on your Abingdon leg. I will be thinking of you all – lots of luck (especially to Gareth on his Boris Bike!) Laura.

    • Oval Balls says:

      Hi Laura, you will be pleased to know that Gareth blasted it on his Boris bike, no problem. And he was the centre of attention for it! Thank you for the wonderful support. I know you couldn’t join us and for good reason but the messages of support were just as invaluable.

  5. Dad says:

    Looking forward to seeing you arrival in Abingdon.

  6. Dad says:

    Your efforts today in such challenging conditions is considered heroic.

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