Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Who ate all the Chocolate Pudding?

Backpackers in the Egerton Arms

I’ll give you one guess.

“Just bulking up for the TGO Challenge” quipped the culprit.  Fair enough, I suppose, he/she had walked 50 miles on Saturday “to loosen up for The Challenge”.  A first-timer whose spoon had failed to reach stared longingly at the well-licked plates.  Another, a seasoned Challenger who isn’t doing it this year (Fort William to Edinburgh has preference) looked on, with a knowing grin.

Such was the excitement to be gained from last night’s bi-monthly ‘Backpackers Meal’ – this time at the Egerton Arms, Astbury, whose restaurant behaved very understandingly on the night, as our meal time was delayed when a '”we’ll be there in five minutes” message turned into a half hour delay.  There is more than one Egerton Arms in Cheshire….

The loudest laughs of the night were however reserved for a Challenger who was absent, but who has recently published a kit list with a glaring missing item.  Personally, I think he deliberately missed off the vital piece of equipment just to wind the rest of us up.


Gordon Green said...

Hi Martin,

I wonder whether he will find it in time?

Have a good one.

See you en-route or in Montrose.


Phreerunner said...

Thanks Gordon. It's so obvious he's sure to find it, but then again, he might need it to find it!

Have a good one!

Andrew W said...

Nope, it isn't a wind up.
So either I am being wound up, or I am in a shed load of trouble.
Interesting, that is the list from last 2 years with a few items changed, so I will not be taking the obviously missing bit of kit.

Oh well. Shit happens :)

Alan R said...

Practice eh.
So you will be eating the miles on tis years crossing.

Phreerunner said...

Hopefully 'miles' won't be the only things that are eaten, Alan!

Andrew W said...

Of course, I will get you buggers back. :)

Phreerunner said...

"Off course" - attention to detail, Andy - tut tut - I corrected your last comment to avoid embarrassment. Such small faux pas could lead to what one of your friends (you are an entrepreneur aren't you?) may describe as a 'Fatal Error'.

Still, you have a few days to do some more shopping and sort out that list, etc.

BTW, is that a fish hanging from your belt?

Phreerunner said...

Message to Secondhand Bicycles in UK - "Go Away" - I imagine the links on spam entries from people like that may be harmful, and I'm not sure how the Google filtering system has let the comment (now deleted) through. Please, readers, beware of clicking on links embedded in comments, especially during coming periods when I'll be away and won't find it so easy to delete such 'rogue' comments.

Andrew W said...

My time will come for the return prank.
It may take me years, but I never ......

Sorry, I lost the thread there for a moment. I keep dozing off.
Must be the hours and hours I have spent looking for that vital item.

See you in Montrose or somwhere on route.

If I can get Sloman and his kidney's across in one piece :)

Andrew W said...

Ah, I have just realised what it was.

You were referring to that misplaced apostrophe. :)