Today when we got up John said we couldn't have pancakes and stuff for breakfast because we had to have something with less sugar and that was quicker and so Lestrade made us all scrambled eggs and toast and some bacon and they said there was a surprise so we all had to eat up and get dressed properly and then get in the big car and the dogs couldn't come and so we did.
We drove for ages and ages (*Actually less than an hour, which is 'ages' in 6yr old speak - GL.) and they wouldn't say why and then when we got there there was a sign so we knew STRAIGHT AWAY and the sign said QUAD BIKES and off-road trails and it was a whole place for bikes and quad bikes and go karts and everything.
We had to sit and listen to the man who talked about safety and about how the bikes worked, and then we got dressed in our suits and gloves and helmets and then we got a quad bike each and another man made sure we knew how it worked (*And suffered a lecture from a 6yr old about why 'twist this and it goes' was not a thorough enough description of the internal combustion engine -GL) and then we were allowed out onto the track and there were hills and turns and bumps and mud and we could go around and around and really fast and it was a real bike with a proper engine like John's and Lestrade's bikes and it was brilliant! And even John and Lestrade had a go, but on bigger bikes than mine and Mycroft's and then, when we'd done that for ages (*See earlier comment -GL) and the man said we were good then we were allowed to go off out on a whole safari and through the woods and fields and not even on a track, but properly for ages and ages (*Okay, that one was actually was quite a long time - GL) and John and Lestrade weren't allowed because they were old (*It was a kids' trek. I protest this statement! - GL)!
They went and got bikes with just two wheels and went off but I don't know where, and we went really really fast and there was mud and water and we wore goggles and I had to stop to clean mine because they got so muddy.
And then we went back to the beginning place and John and Lestrade got back soon after and while they weren't there we went on the track more, and then when they were back John let Mycroft have a go on his bike ON HIS OWN and John just told him how to work it, and ran beside him a bit at first, like he did when I learnt to ride my bike in the park, but soon he couldn't keep up, even though Mycroft didn't go very fast. BUT I GOT TO GO ON LESTRADE'S BIKE and even though I had to have Lestrade on it to make it go (*Nice to feel useful - GL), I sat in front if him, and held onto the handlebars too and we went SO FAST I bet no one could even see us properly, and we went around the track and even JUMPED IN THE AIR COMPLETELY and skidded and I had to hold on really tight and by the end of the day we had to get changed and everything was muddy and even my hair and John says he doesn't know how I managed that with a helmet on and then we
...And then Sherlock got bored writing this blog post, apparently, because dinner was ready, and all we did was come home. So you get an abrupt end to the story.
It was great fun, though, and Mycroft seemed very happy that he was allowed on the bike on his own. They were very good with the boys, and with all the safety gear, plus this special weird rubbery surface they had on the track, there wasn't really a chance they could have got hurt even if they had come off - which neither of them did, thankfully.
Here's a picture - not one of our boys, just from the website of the place, to give you an idea:
John and I did a bit more of a gentle ride this time - it was more technical than the last one, though. Some very narrow sections - one a plank over water - as well as some long runs where you could just get the speed right up and fly.
Sherlock did nearly burst my eardrums when I took him around the course, he literally squealed with delight. I do sometimes worry that he's not scared of anything...
But both the boys - all three of them, really - definitely deserved a treat. And it was a brilliant way to spend the first day of the summer holidays.
And tomorrow I'm back on lates, and all I want to do is stay out and play ;)