I have found something very frustrating with WordPress. There appears to be a key sequence involving the backslash and delete key, which when pressed together, deletes the content of the current draft post, completely, no recovery! I’d written two paragraphs about the Rufus Ride, and it all disappeared. Most frustrating.
Anyhow, today I was on another RAYNET task; The Rufus Ride. Rufus was the son of William the Conqueror’ it appears that Rufus was killed by an arrow and was either the victim of an accident, or an assassination. The spot of his demise is marked by a stone only a short distance from the M27. The association between the original Rufus and the Rufus Ride is the Forest (I believe) rather than the stone.
The ride is an Endurance GB equestrian event. My post was Checkpoint 4 (CP4), the last check station in the ride, which meant I was there until the end. I was only about 3KM from the finish and wouldn’t be stood down until the last rider finished.
If you know the app What 3 Words, I can tell you to a high degree of accuracy exactly where I was; born.scored.defrost. W3W is brilliant.
It really was a secluded part of the forest! The end of s private road, with only a few residences. I always attract the attention of the locals in places like this, and had an interesting conversation with a lady, who asked me if the Forestry Commission had given me permission to park exactly where I was. Of course, I said that I parked where I felt was most appropriate for the event, but trying to be careful not to cause any offence, and that my permission was from the New Forest Council, as relayed through the event organisers. She seemed satisfied with that.
I was also introduced to “Dragons Teeth” these are the segments of trees inserted into the ground and designed to stop cars being parked on verges – there were some that had recently been inserted and were a point of controversy for the lady. She was absolutely fine with me, and it is things like this that I enjoy about these activities.
It rained for the morning, stopping about 1pm, pretty much in line with the forecasters, it greyed over until about 1630, when blue sky appeared.
The event went well, and as usual I saw some New Forest Ponies, and a log which reminded me of a dogs head, does it to you?