We set off at a steady pace, which suited us as I'm still running in Numbum's new crank. Today should have been another 80 miles on the clock, but it was not to be.
About 10 miles into the run we were heading downhill into Neasham village on a bumpy road. One of the bumps was worse than all the others and we really bounced over it. we very soon noticed a burning smell followed almost immediately by total loss of power.
We managed to coast to a layby where the problem was investigated and found to be a battery problem. The big bump had dislodged the battery from its mounting and the live terminal came into contact with the inner wing. The dead short killed the battery.
Thanks to all those members who stopped to help. It's really appreciated.
Once we'd established that our run was over, we turned down offers of further help as we didn't want to spoil the day for others. Once the great guys set off we decided it was time our daughter paid some back. I'd been out many times to get her home when she had broken down and now it was my turn.
She came and collected us and got us home, leaving the car in Neasham. Once home we used Pam's car to go and buy a new battery. Halfords was the only place we could think of that would be open on a Sunday afternoon. My credit card nearly had a heart attack!!
Battery bought, we headed off to Neasham, fitted the battery and drove Numbum home. I'd also bought a pair of quick release battery clamps, not to release them quickly, but because they were insulated covers, which should the battery break loose again, it shouldn't short out.
A bit of a bad day as we didn't put many miles on, but that's life.
We hope everybody else made it to Durham OK and enjoyed the day.