I set myself a new (an over-ambitious challenge) in the Autumn of 2017 intending to photograph & follow the Arbuthnot long-distance trial across the countryside of Salisbury to Shaftesbury and back.
Doing over 85 miles off-road on my trusty W800 would show itself to be a bit of a burden . The pre 65 format with special stages and unprecedented access to local byways, ox troves and footpaths allowed for some of the best scenery I’ve been yet to ride.
However trying to drag the W800 across this awkward and often slippery terrain was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. I followed the riders for about 50% of the way before giving up and continuing on more stable and drier land…a good old tarmac highway.