Last weekend we joined BLESMA, the charity for limbless veterans, at the Bristol and West Land Rover Show in an attempt to break the record for the most landrovers in one place (by making the shape of a Defender 90). We needed over 1000 cars to make it work, but unfortunately due to the poor weather prediction (unfounded until Saturday evening) the turnout wasn’t as good as expected and only about half that number joined in. So instead, a massive convoy around the grounds was the next best thing, and altogether about £8000 was raised. Add to that a couple of grand from the auction in the afternoon and BLESMA did quite well in the end!
I managed to pick up a Denali Llama here in the UK for reasonable money considering it is new. As far as I know there are less than a dozen of these in the UK at present but their popularity is increasing due to the low pack size and possibilities for extended adventures.
At the Bristol & West Land Rover show this weekend I managed to finally get my hands on a Gransfors Bruks Axe (GBA). I have admired these for a number of years but could never really justify buying one. If you have seen these axes before you will know that GBA have been hand crafting axes for over 100 years and are some of the worlds finest.
The Bearbones Bikepacking event of the year has been and gone. A lot of time had been spent deliberating/organising kit prior to the event but the weather forecast finally made its mind up making kit choice easier (if not the answer I wanted to hear). It was going to be wet. Very wet.