Wayfarer Sausage Sizzle
Somehow it always seems to rain for the Wayfarer's annual sausage sizzle and this year looked like it was going to be no exception. Sizzle in the drizzle seemed to be on the cards as I cycled to the meeting place at Merstone where six of the usual stoving suspects were gathered. We were soon joined by Dave whose tiny saddle pack confirmed that he hadn't read the runs list and was condemned to spend the morning hungrily watching the rest of us stuff our faces. I suppose we could have offered him a sausage! Next to arrive was Tim, a stoving virgin. He was a bit worried about the gas stove that he had found in the dark recesses of his shed. He could definitely remember using it for a camping trip in 1974!
According to the runs list the actual sizzle was to take place at Niton but as there is no shelter there we didn't really fancy that idea. It seemed unlikely that anyone else would turn up so we decided to go for a little ride to build up an appetite then return to Merstone where we could shelter under the old railway bridge. As it turned out it had stopped raining by the time we returned so we opted for a much pleasanter location on the picnic benches there. I'd had a small breakfast before setting out but I was now feeling quite hungry enough to do justice to a large fry up. Somehow food always tastes better outside and a large mug of tea never fails to hit the spot.
Suitably replete we headed off for the 11.00 am tea stop at Niton – its hard work this cycling! On arrival we were rather surprised to be greeted by 4 rather disgruntled would-be sizzlers. First rule of stoving – if you are not going to be at the start let the runs leader know you are coming, there is no guarantee that runs will go where they say they will! They seemed to have managed quite well without us but were now heading for the cafe. Each to his own. We got the stoves out again for yet more tea.
We didn't cycle many miles, in fact I think we spent more time eating than cycling, but we had a lot of fun. We even got a certificate for our 'efforts'!