31st December 2004
Why not do something special for New Years? How about, ooh
I don't know... park at the top of a hill overlooking Sheffield
with a BBQ and watch all the fireworks followed by a night-time
laning expedition? Yes, that sounds like a plan! All I need
is someone else with no-mates who won't be busy that night...
So, it was arranged, Greg would be joining me with his brother
We met up in Ripley on the A610.
And planned a route that didn't take us near and houses or
farms. (No, I'm not asleep)
First a nice gentle lane that overlooks Great Longston
Greg stops to erect his tripod. Followed by much childish
Next we head off on another lane that gets pretty overgrown
in places. We stopped to move a shrubbery off the track.
And on to Burbage Moor byway
We get into position at the top of Burbage Moor, overlooking
Its quite a clear night, but bitterly cold with a very strong
wind blowing across the open moors
Right break out the BBQ! After assessing the wind to be too
strong and cold to keep the thing alight, we build some shelter
using rocks and Gregs wheel.
We have to light it in Gregs car, but soon we're all set!
Just in time for the stroke of midnight. The views are stunning,
we have thousands and thousands of fireworks going off all
around us. You can just about make out some of the flashes
in these photos.
At about 12.45 all the food has gone, and the fireworks have
died down somewhat, we decide to move on.
We put the rocks back where we found them and clear up the
Next we head off down Stannage Edge.
Followed by Greg
Its at this point that Greg stalls.
As you may know, SJs can suffer from a clicky-starter which
means that when you turn the key to start, nothing happens
except for a click in the solenoid. Sods law states this will
always happen at the most inopportune time. Well, how about
halfway down Stannage Edge stuck between 2 rocks at 2.00 in
the morning blowing a freezing cold gale? Yep, that'd do it!
We try bump starting, but being pitch black, Greg promptly
drives into a big rock, and gets hung-up on the front shackle.
You can just about make this out in the below picture
Cue much applause and nervous laughing.
Front wedged into a rock, back wheel also hung-up on another:
Eventually we manage to manhandle the SJ backwards uphill
with all three of us pushing. We rock it back and forth until
Greg can haul the steering round to avoid the rock in front
of his wheel.
Bump-start attempt number 2 is slightly more successful an
we get the engine going. Luckily Greg manages to stop in time
before crashing head-on into another rock.
We finally get down to the bottom in one piece.
That's another tribute to Suzuki's size and weight. You'd
never be able to push a 2 tonne Land Rover backwards uphill
over rocks with only three people!
We make it down to the bottom, stop for more food and drink
and call it a night.