22nd November 2003
James Holloway had come down to the East Midlands for the weekend,
all the way from Carlisle. He stayed with his brother in Nottingham
in order that he could come on tomorrows eXtreme club laning trip.
We decided we would meet up on the saturday for a drink or possibly
I met up with James at 6pm outside Pizza Hut in Nottm, after spending
ages trying to find it! We picked up James' brother Greg and went
back to his house for a natter. I'd brought along my OS maps of
Notts and Sherwood Forest, and we decided that we'd go and have
a look at the lanes in Nottinghamshire. By the time we left it was
gone 7.30pm, and very very dark.
First port-of-call was the petrol station for fuel (and supplies!)
Two very sexy trucks glistening under the harsh artificial lights
of civilisation. Check out the new 215/75 Colway MTs, this was the
first trip that they were to be used in anger!
The start of the first track, Longhedge Lane. We were out in the
middle of nowhere really, which ment there was no glare from street
lights / residential areas to spoil the pitch black-ness. Spotlights
This was nice and getle to begin with but did get very, very slippy
due to all the recent rain.
Spots lighting up the route ahead nicely
ARGHH, THE TRUCKS ON FIRE! Only jokin, we stop so Susie and Greg
can have a fag break. nice artistic snap that!
Driving between the lanes was rather interesting. We tried driving
with no lights down the unlit country roads, definately not for
the faint hearted! don't worry, we only did it on straight bits
where we could see the road was clear.
We move onto the next lane, a BOAT that runs through Redmile and
out the other side. This lane envolves driving across a ploughed
field and along the edges of several more. With all the rain it
was soo slippy, the steering was pretty redundant really and we
just followed the contours of the track. By the end of it, all the
mud that was stuck to my new Colways made them look like Grizzlies!
Far too slippy to walk on, so we made Greg get out to open the gates!
Didnt get any snaps of this one though.
Another gentle but rutted lane
Greg playing with the different modes on his new camera
We do another couple of lanes. One of them goes of the edge of
the OS map so we decide to have a look. We have to turn round as
it comes to a dead end in the form of a bridleway. See how good
we are, even under the cover of night we don't drive on bridleways!
Well thats pretty much it, and the trucks end up filthy. Greg gets
back in with James for the journey home, and we depart. Its gone
midnight by the time i get back.
Laning at night really is fantastic, it is so much different from
daylight. Plus with the added bonus of NO RAMBLERS!