Even with a couple of wrong turns
we had a great day out and found loads of new lanes that we
had never been down before. This was also the first time that
some of the other drivers had been laning as well, so lots of
firsts and I think everybody enjoyed themselves.
We found lots of narrow lanes, many barely wider than the vehicles
and we suffered some minor paint scratches to some of the vehicles.
You would think that there were enough lanes for 2 groups to
not to see each other, but the inevitable happened, yes we met
head on just before we stopped for lunch – fortunately
the lane was short enough for the groups to pass after our group
reversed back to a crossroads.
Both groups met up at lunchtime for some pub grub at a hostelry
that had a large garden for the children to run around and play.
Enough time was spent eating and drinking to look at the map
and plan where we were going during the afternoon session. We
found one lane that had a narrow entrance – it looked
more like a footpath but we were sure we were on the correct
route when we found wheel tracks. About 300 mtrs down the lane
we found a large tree blocking the lane. We could have cut it
but why do that when you can drive around it? It was a bit tight
getting the long wheelbases through the trees to the side of
the obstruction but it all added to enjoyment of the trip.
Of course it happened again – yes we met the first group
going in the opposite direction – just at an interesting
part where there was lots of mud and a hill. Road tyres, mud
and the incline proved very interesting and new lines up the
hill were found – some of them sideways across the ruts!
Happy laning if you decide to go out with a friend and don’t
forget if you want to make it a fun day out with your family
and friends to check the website to find out when the next organised
laning trip is.
All the best , Julian Mallard