‘Cos no adventure is complete without a pickled beets disaster

While I was loading my Ortleib bag int my friend’s car, I froze when I heard the clink of broken glass. Apparently I had tossed in a jar of pickled beets (present for my friend) in there and it had smashed to bits in transit.

Fortunately it was in a stuff sack so the glas was contained within it. Unfortunately the stuff sack also contained all my power and data cables, so I spent an hour picking out pieces of glass and beet from the cables, and wiping them all down. The astonishing thing is that the vinegar seems to have been corrosive enough to create pock marks in the metal prongs of the power cables.


(The other jar of vanilla strawberry jam survived unscathed, so all was not lost on the present front.)