On a recent road trip to Oregon I reminded myself why we go through the palaver of loading bikes and kit into a vehicle and putting up with traffic, expensive fuel and rubbish food in order to ride our bikes somewhere different.

Even though, overall, the trails were not any more challenging than what we are blessed with at home, they were different and this difference bought about a sense of wonder and joy that was far out of p,reporting to the overall ‘rating’ of the trail.