Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

July 25, 2007


Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine — dgpowell @ 10:22 am

Yesterday’s ride started off quite nicely. I felt good riding out through Longridge and flew along the B roads towards Clitheroe enjoying the lack of rain. Once through Clitheroe i crossed over the A59 and set about destroying the Nick O’ Pendle climb, which i did, catching another rider on the way…then dropping him like a stone on the fast descent into Sabden.

That’s where it went wrong. Riding out the other side of Sabden the turning i usually take, off to the left, up a steep 1 in 6 onto the top of the ridge behind Pendle hill, was closed with a diversion pointing in the opposite direction.
“Fair enough” i thought, “i’ve been meaning to check out this climb for a while anyway”.
So i stomped up the road away from where i’d normally be heading, making sure the roadie i’d passed on the previous climb didn’t have a chance to battle his way back to me. About 10 minutes later i reached a road junction with “Diversion Ends” signs all over the place, which confused me greatly as I wasn’t at the other end of the road that was closed…in fact i had no idea where i was.
I headed further down the road i was on in the hope of finding some helpful road signs but, this being rural lancashire, that wasn’t going to happen! After another 10 minutes of spinning round random northern villages i ended up in a part of Padiham I had no idea existed and decided to cut my losses and just follow some main roads until i got to somewhere familiar

Now, as anyone who knows me will testify, my sense of direction is not brilliant and i ended up more lost than ever. This, however, was not the most embarrasing part, oh no! The most embarrasing part was that, when i realised i wasn’t going to just ride myself back to somewhere familiar by chance, i decided to look for Pendle hill and just head towards it…but i couldn’t find the hill!

Now Pendle hill is a prominent feature of the Borough of Pendle’s skyline, so much so in fact that the council adopted it’s outline as their official symbol. It’s pretty big, much bigger than anything else around for miles, infact you can normally see it from a good 15 – 20 miles away, yet within the space of an hour of being at the top of it i’d managed to lose it! This came as a bit of a shock to me as i trundled round, getting more and more worried that i’d somehow ridden right past burnley without even noticing.

The confused riding round and round looking for useful road signs continued for another half hour before i ended up, quite randomly, at a junction i recognised. Full of relief I was able to find my way back to Whalley and an earlier part of the route, from where i could continue over to Waddington and pick up my planned ride over Waddington fell and onwards, a little delayed and somewhat annoyed at whoever decided to end the diversion at as completely arbitrary point!

I get to do it all again on Thursday, though this time i might just ignore the “Road Closed” signs and ride the normal route…and shout at anyone who dares try to stop me!


  1. Ace, I thought it was only me that could do things like that! I’ve wandered lost around London before for 3 hours without finding a tube station 🙂

    Comment by Simon — July 25, 2007 @ 10:26 am

  2. “I get to do it all again on Thursday, though this time”

    .. you get to do it in the pouring rain.

    Comment by matt — July 25, 2007 @ 10:28 am

  3. Dude, check it out.

    needs respray, new decals and bars re-ano, shhweet 😉

    Comment by wayne — July 26, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

  4. damn stupid link, try this

    Comment by wayne — July 26, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  5. i got lost coming home from work the other week, i was 10mins from Greenwich and thought “i’ll try a shortcut” and ended up in Crystal Palace totally lost 🙁

    I think you should draw a map of where you went!

    Comment by Steve — August 3, 2007 @ 11:05 am

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