I think I’m getting nesh


Photo Local stream overflowing by Teocalli.

First I guess I need to explain the word Nesh having my origins in South Yorkshire.

Nesh is an English dialect adjective meaning ‘unusually susceptible to cold weather’ and there is no synonym for this use. Usage in the 21st Century has been recorded in Staffordshire, the East Midlands, Lancashire, North Wales, South Yorkshire and Shropshire. There is a similar term nish used in Newfoundland.

Lately, well pretty much the whole of this winter to be honest, I’ve ridden way more miles indoor vs outdoor.  Our winters in the Southern UK are not harsh by world standards and this winter has been pretty mild in the overall scheme of things but it has been wet, wet and wet.  Too often I have looked outside and shunned slightly inclement weather for the rollers indoor.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting (even) older.

I have a decent excuse the last two weekends as storm Ciara and now Dennis steam in over the Atlantic and heading out on a bike in just about the whole of the UK would be ill advised or grounds of general safety.

This is all by way of being reminded of a couple of Youtube videos of riders on Mt Ventoux one of which is below – riding over the last 2 weekends would have been much like this in quite a bit of the UK.

Having a winter bike is one thing, choosing discretion over valour is quite another.

Roll on Spring – the odds must be on a wet run through The Classics this year.

PS – how did those riders get down?  It’s a heck of a walk!

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February 18, 2020 1:35 pm

Flooding we’re experiencing here in US right now. https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/us/mississippi-flooding-more-rain/index.html

February 18, 2020 11:37 am

Flooding from storms in UK made my local news this morning. Hope you’re not under water!