Yesterday I took a little ride down to Cornwall in pursuit of a couple of gold postboxes. You will remember that Royal Mail decided to paint some boxes gold instead of red to mark the gold medal winners in London 2012; well there are 110 of them, scattered all over the country including this one in Alton marking Peter Charles' Equestrian Team Jumping gold medal:
Visiting the gold boxes has become a popular pastime for a variety of people. For us motorcyclists, it's an excellent excuse to ride our bikes to places we wouldn't otherwise visit and as an example I discovered the Pandora Inn at Restronguet (not far from Falmouth), a lovely old pub with excellent dining and wonderfully scenic location.
The particular attraction for me yesterday was that it has a postbox built into its wall painted gold to mark Ben Ainslie's Men's Finn Sailing gold medal.
Later this year I'll be visiting the channel island of Sark which hosts a gold box marking Carl Hester's Equestrian Team Dressage gold medal, the Isle of Man (Peter Kennaugh: Men's Team Pursuit), three in Northern Ireland as well as the rest on the mainland.
So far, I've only visited 44 gold postboxes so I look forward to clocking up many more miles. The mileage yesterday was 550 and I must admit I'd prefer it to be a little warmer in future.