Had a pretty catastrophic late afternoon ride yesterday trying to follow VCGH's 40k Haslemere Hard route. Set off too late (but thought I could bail out), steady rain, crap conditions, slippy Ralph's and pretty incompetent map reading led to need to bail out between Liphook and Marley Heights. I had lost a lot of time due to getting lost several times (the route is not meant to go via Rake!!!). Classic dilemma as it was approaching 18:00 and I had no lights Get on a road and get back to car as fast as possible and hope the othe cars can see me ok, call for a lift (no answer) or try to find quick XC way home. As its wasn't that dark I decided on the road option and was fine until one stretch of country lane. Cars coming towards me and car behind misjudged me and room needed to overtake. Cue load screeching of tires right behind me and a quick decision to ride up the bank of the road to avoid being mashed.
We were probably all to blame. E European lady in the car was shook up and so was I. Lesson learned for me....get some lights even if you arenot expecting to need them. I had checked "lighting up time" but mis-judged the weather and my poor map reading. After the near miss I still had 5 miles to ride but luckily there was a pavement to keep me out of trouble for most of it..
Friday 13th...could have been a really bad day. Stay safe out there and be visible!!! I made lots of errors and could have ended up another grizzly stat.