Yesterday, for the first time, I spent the day riding an offroad motorbike on green lanes, farm tracks and single track roads between Basingstoke and Alton in the company of three experts and another three novices (all experienced road bikers)
Riding offroad is a completely different experience to riding on the road. Almost no other traffic (the weather, well below freezing, helped) meant that we were free to concentrate on negotiating the challenging surfaces - solid sheets of ice, frozen ruts, tree roots and learn how to fall off without (mostly) hurting ourselves.
Lunch of delicious home-made pork pie was enjoyed sitting outside (yes, us bikers really are that tough) The Star Inn at Bentworth.
So what harm occurred as a result of our day spent helping global warming? Some of us novices have bruises from throwing ourselves at the frozen ground, the experts improved their understanding of what routes might be "challenging" for novices. We covered about 30 miles all told, never faster than 40mph on the road and a lot slower offroad. No vegetation was harmed apart from the odd shrub acting as a cushion.
We met three horseriders, brave souls considering the weather, and perhaps six walkers (apart from the two dozen walkers dining in The Star Inn)
Even in February we are lucky to live in such fine English countryside.