Didn't want to leave November too late but was suffering from lethargy or half a sore throat or something... tried for the 3 previous nights, but comfort and warmth got the better of me...
But Wednesday I got a good ride in, in the afternoon, and that brushed off the cobwebs...
so at 9:30pm off I went, but not very far... the other side of the cemetery, didn't bother putting the bike bags on, just threw everything into my rucsac.
The spot I had in mind looked alright in daylight, had passed it at the end of my afternoon's ride, though it was a bit of a slope, and covered in leaves...BAM November 2018
by Eric Robinson
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I decided to take my Trailstar, which I haven't used for a few months !
Had already developed a 'foolproof' (Ha !) method of getting it up, by tying a little piece of perlon on the back guy... I always start by pegging out the back guy first, then from there 2 of the pentagon sides...
Problem 1 - there was a pink piece of perlon AND on another guy a green piece of perlon !!! Which one is it ???
Whichever I chose it was the wrong one - not good, it's not going up right.. ok, start again, try the other one... Yes !
Problem 2 - Once I have 2 sides pegged I then (after slackening one side a bit) I then crawl under and put the pole up.
I have one of these tent mushroom thingies to spread the load.... It fell off as I was there on my knees meandering about. Took me a good 10 minutes of swearing to find it amidst all those leaves. (on Thursday I araldited it on !!)
And finally, after nearly an hour, I was in the sleeping bag, on the Klymit mat, BUT sliding to the wrong end because of the slope !
Quite an uncomfortable night. At least the Klymit stayed up (it's a new one, and this time I have the receipt, just in case)
I woke at 5 for another pee (bivvying always makes me pee a lot
), and thought sod it, I'll go home to bed...
So I dismantled everything very carefully because of all the leaves (if you drop something it may be gone forever), and was snug in bed for 6am
(I hope I didn't contravene any rules