Last weekend we headed to Knaresborough for their 39th annual bed race. Basically, 6 runners roll a “bed” complete with a brave bedridden boy (or girl) around the town on a designated 3km course that even features a river crossing. But before the race, there’s a parade of the beds all dressed up. This year’s theme was “Transportation Through the Ages” and featured everything from a yellow submarine to a Jamaican bobsled team to the Flinstone’s car. Then they strip the beds and begin the race.
We found a sunny spot near the river crossing and it was crazy watching them go. Some teams were über competitive and plunged straight down the steep river bank. Others were dead exhausted and gingerly lowered the beds water-ward. They even had scuba divers ready in the river for any non float-worthy beds.
Then we spent the rest of the day exploring Knaresborugh. It’s a charming town and there are some beautiful old mansions down by the river. We peeked over the walls at gorgeous gardens and scoured the ground for candy leftover from the earlier bed parade.
In other news…. we just finished watching the Back to the Future trilogy and I can’t wait till 2015 when Hoverboards are invented.