Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden
huskyteer

Home Safe

This week the guidance around leisure motorcycling, travel for exercise and meeting people from other households relaxed somewhat. I had Friday off (full disclosure: I was doing a speed awareness course, moved online to a virtual classroom, having been flashed in the 20mph zone on Sydenham Hill back in February), so I seized the opportunity to see Howard for the first time in over 2 months.

We've always lived apart, but under normal circumstances 3 weeks would be a long stretch without seeing each other and after 4 I definitely start pining a bit.

We met at the services where the A24 meets the A272 and travelled to Knepp Park, an estate given over to rewilding, for a nice responsible socially distant walk. We saw longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, several flavours of deer, a buzzard and a stork, one of the first to breed in the UK for 600 years.

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I was very tired afterwards, partly from the walk but also from seeing so much of The World after 8 weeks in which I'd been no further than ALDI, and on Saturday I only ventured as far as the recycling bins outside the back door.

Sunday saw me on the road again; I'd emailed a biker friend to tell him about Friday's adventures, and he immediately asked if I fancied a ride. We visited our familiar local beauty spots, Ide Hill and Bough Beech Reservoir, before stopping at a village green and sitting one each end of a bench to drink coffee from our Thermos flasks.

In the afternoon, a local friend invited me for a socially distant picnic in the park. Sitting and sunbathing in public spaces is now on; formerly you had to keep moving. I got a watchmark and I regret nothing.

In the evening it was back to watching Bond films with Twitter.
Tags: bikes, james bond
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