The title for a recent ride brought to mind the joys and perils of riding.
The first of the two in the title may be obvious in our rural area, along with toads jumping across the road in front, buzzard soaring, weasels scurrying, deer and badger roaming etc, etc.
But, amongst this seeming paradise of flora & fauna there is a downside.
Yesterday was a double attack, first a unpleasant nasal attack – flew straight in somehow, unpleasant -but was easily snorted out. The second was a bigger bug which hit the back of my throat. Fair gave me the boak it did!! Managed to choke/ spit it out, but a day later my throat is still somewhat sore.
Other encounters have also been ‘interesting’, dodging sheep at high velocities (me not the sheep), desperately climbing up one of our steep ascents when a badger wheeced out from the side and started to work its way down towards me, only veering off at the last minute, deer leaping out just in front scraping hooves on the tarmac desperately in attempt to escape, a ‘stick’ rolling across the road which turned out to be an adder. These are just some of those I recall, but have managed so far to avoid any consequences.
So the idyll of the countryside ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, and I haven’t even got started on mad dogs, gravel on the bends, thorns from trimmed hedges and mountains of mud & stones from farm vehicles.