Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Bivvy on a work night?

By Jay Oram
25, Jul, 2014

Have bike - will bivvy, just add friends and some adventure

It's all that Al humphreys fault! We love getting out and at Alpkit it is encouraged, some fiddling with bikes over lunch time, coming in without having a shower (we had clean clothes and lots of deodorant!) the next day - but grinning form ear to ear, is all accpetable as long as you had an advenutre. 

We normally get away at the weekend, drive or get the train for hours before forcing all of our effort into reaching a goal, we have trips like this coming up, paddling the Medway, circumnavigating Scafell by bike and some more crazy ideas. But we got Al's "Microadventure" book in at work and immediately ideas started floating around. 

We didn't let organisation get in the way, a few texts and we had a night three of us were available. A quick look over the maps and we had a 20 kilometre'ish route and loads of potential bivvy spots. 

It's nice to go so lightweight - just a bivvy bag, a sleeping mat, jumper and our wallets.

The pub was the first destination for dinner, cycling straight from the doors of work, link up some bridleways, walk a footpath and then we were there. Two hours of fun relaxed riding in the sunshine, a sketchy bit of bridleway descent, suddenly into a dark forest, some laughs and a close call. A steep road we were warned about but threw caution to the wind and only one mechanical hitch - fixed with some brute force.

Secluded in the corner of a field we laid out our bivvy bags, watched the stars and fell asleep. Only to be promptly woken at 5am by what felt like a midday sun. Up and ready to ride in 5mins, we got some distance in on the way back to work and then stopped for a snack, deserted roads, a kids play area and bridleways all to ourselves. Why didn't we get out and ride at this time evey morning? 

Back to work for a cup of tea and a review of the GoPro footage - Easy no frills adventure, back at work as normal, hearty fish and chips for lunch and all the usual work stuff. Plans are afoot for more microadventures already.....

Work night Bivvy from Jay Oram on Vimeo.

  • Google+

In pictures

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Daring Deeds

Al Humphreys - Suilven
Al Humphreys takes his new Brompton on a trip to Suilven
Rich and Tom Siepp Pre-Tour Divide ride
Rich and Tom's kit list and pre-amble for their Tour Divide route ride
The Proof of the Pudding
make sure you test your equipment
Highland Trail 550 - 2019
“Its not worth drowning to get free fish and chips” Alan Goldsmith
Body, Bike, Mind and Me: Part 2
Exploring mindfulness on the Highland Trail 550
Body, Bike, Mind and Me
Exploring mindfulness on the Highland Trail 550
Reccying The Dales Divide
The first one round the Dales Divide
Lisbon to Malaga: A Bikepacking Adventure
Bikepacking from Lisbon to Malaga

More from Deeds

News

800 Mile Great North Trail Opens
New off-road cycle route
Ireland To Asia: A Year On My Bike
Tales from Sean Hoban's journey to Asia
Alpkit Adventure Weekender
Join us in store for an adventure filled weekend
Teuchters on Tour
Fundraising cycle trip
Silk Road Mountain Race
An unsupported bikepacking race in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
What’s in store bank holiday weekend?
Make the most of this Bank Holiday
10 Welsh Ride Things
multi day biking in Wales
The London Bike Show 2018
Alpkit hit the big city

More from News

Develop

New UK Made Bikepacking Bag Range
UK-made bike luggage shifts up a cog
Sonder Evol: Q&A with Bike Guru Neil
Sonder's new 140mm trail bike
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
Branching out with the Rando Bikepacking Bag Range
New welded bike luggage
2 new Sonder bikes
2 new bikes set to join Sonder
Seat pack developments
2 new seat packs
2016 bike luggage dev part 3
Stem Cell updates
2016 bike luggage dev part 2
More UK made bike luggage developments

More from Develop

Spotlight

Wild Camping Tips and Kit List
The guide to getting it right when camping out
The Highland Trail 550 2019
Stu Taylor returns to the Highland Trail
Long Distance Bikepacking: Highland Trail 550 Packing List
Pete McNeil tells us how to pack for endurance bikepacking events
Supporting the Silk Road Race
Watching dots on the Silk Road
A Lake District Guide to Hike-A-Biking
How and why to hike-a-bike
What a Difference a Day Makes
What can you fit into the Bank Holiday?
Top Spots: Hathersage Haunts
What to do whilst you're here
Bivvy Tips and Kit List
Bivvy Essentials: What to take bivvying

More from Spotlight

Kudos

More from Kudos

Be the first to hear about our newest products and promotions

Join AlpCol's Espresso newsletter for that hit of Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Greatness

CLOSE

By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions