I've been organising the staff outings for a few years now and a couple of years ago I asked my colleagues what they would like to do instead of me thinking of something. One of my colleagues would like to do some driving (as if we don't do enough of it during our day-jobs!). Anyway, I looked for and found a venue where we could drive a jeep across some awful terrain, had a ultra-short anti-skid training and where we could go quad-biking. We split up into three groups and each group would do one of the three things for about 20 minutes.
The skidding was fantastic: I was in a car with two other women and we had the best time! The jeep was great as well: going up a near vertical slope (or so it seemed), going down another very muddy slope and again having the best time. And then the quad-biking.
I felt that using the brakes on that quad was for sissies, weaklings and idiots. However, after not being able to take a turn properly because I had too much speed, I realised not using the brakes on the quad was for the most stupid of idiots, ie me! The turn I hadn't been able to take properly because of high speed had proven to me that brakes are there to be used. If not, you loose control of the vehicle, drive into the tyres and fall off. Which I did!
That evening as we were having dinner at the local Chinese restaurant, I could hardly use my arm, my right thigh had a bruise the size of a dinnerplate and my back was killing me! It taught me a valuable lesson: don't be pigheaded, just listen to the teachers!
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