I’m on paternity leave, so all my days are spent looking after my 2 year old daughter so that my wife can recover and look after the newborn. Imagine my glee when Adele tentatively asked if she can can have a coffee and a chinwag with some of her blogger friends.
I had two hours. What could I fit into that short time?
They were meeting on Whiteladies Rd so I decided to make the short hop over the suspension bridge to Leigh woods, after dropping them off. I unloaded the bike and took off around the purpose build trails. Being a weekday I had the place to myself, which was just what I needed. I whooped over the whoops and took on the burns, and shyly took on some of the rock gardens.
But I also wanted to get off the beaten track and find true wilderness. So I dived off the trail, and found this awesome little gully, with the Avon Gorge below. I was keen to try out my new beer can stove. I got the idea from Tom Allen. Here’s how you make it.
Along with the stove I brought a small, kettle, a mug, a mug filter with three spoons of ground coffee and a spoon of sugar, a lighter and surgical spirit.
I was actually surprised that my shoddy first effort at making the stove worked, it got the water boiling in no time at all. I then got the coffee brewing, but then I had a minor panic about how to put the fire out, with still a fair amount of fuel left. The stove fits nicely inside my kettle, so I finally decided that was the best way to smother it.
I love stopping on trips and taking stock of where you are. The landscape and the details pass you by when you’re whizzing full-pelt on a bike. Listening to the birds, noticing the wind damage to the trees, watching the traffic pass down the Portway below, all while sipping a great tasting coffee.
I finished up and took off down the trails again. I loaded the muddy bike in the car and then went and picked up all my girls. The toddler exclaiming how yucky and muddy I was.