Monday, January 26, 2009
Today I got my car stuck in a muddy field and had to be towed out by a farmer in his tractor
Its my own bloody fault! I wanted to get to the other side of a big field in deepest, darkest Cumbria to find the perfect angle to photograph a viaduct, but didn't fancy the walk! lol
There was a tractor track running down the side of the field, so I thought it would be easy to just follow it to the other side. But the tracks were so deep that the underside of my car was grating against the ground. Then a big puddle came up and I panicked slightly so pulled out of the track and onto the field its self. Where I promptly sank!
I should have maybe figured all that rain might have made the ground a teensy bit soggy, but no :( After a few minutes of wheel spinning futility I had a brainwave. Remembering my Top Gear training I realised the wheels needed traction, so improvising I used the car mats from inside my car and out them under the wheels to give the tyres grip. Fat lot of good that did. The spinning wheels just drove the mats into the mud!
So I had no choice but to go find the farmer, admit I had gone driving in his field without permission, and could I please please have a tow out, G'vnr?
Actually, he just laughed and said "Whats in it for me?" So I chucked him £20 and arranged for the crew to come next week lol. So it all worked out in the end :) And the moral of the story? Get out and walk, you lazy bastard!!
PS. Cumbria is a nice part of the world :)