Wed 1st December.
Severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office for most of the eastern side of the country, particularly Yorkshire and the Midlands.
Who believes weather warnings !!
Well, with that stupid thought, we set off. The first hour seemed promising but by the time we reached Sheffield it was becoming clear, even to us, that we were on a fool’s errand.
Car’s all over the place, wagon’s jack-knifed because they’d had to slow to avoid the cars, generally the ones driven by idiots who shouldn’t have been out there.
Funny how the ones who don’t seem to have a clue or, are timid to the point of dangerous, seem to be the ones who don’t think it a good idea to clear their windows of the previous night’s snow or have little or no knowledge how to work their screen demist systems.
All this taking place on an M1 which seemed to have been left untreated throughout the night and no evidence of a plough having been anywhere near. It was as if the authorities for that particular stretch of motorway had just said ‘f**k ‘em’.
Maybe we deserved whatever we got for being out there, maybe not, but it re-opens the debate about why we can’t keep our arterial roads open when other countries can and do.
Our only photos of the day are here. These weren’t the worst. This was after we’d managed to get off the motorway, turn round and head back up a relatively clear northbound carriageway, once we’d got round the three jack-knifed lorries, strewn across all three lanes.
Thank goodness for one of the lad’s having a decent 4×4.
Sadly, it looks like we wont now get to MotorCycleLive, ’til next year anyway!
*Click on a photo to enlarge it.