Smells on route

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by steveoo, 20 Jul 2012.

  1. steveoo

    steveoo Active Member

    On my evening commute i cycle up a particular steep hill near the top (with the right wind) i get the full aroma of the local maggot farm,this profusion of rotting meat (or whatever it is they use) really gets to the back of my throat especially when i am breathing heavily.
    Anyone else have any nice or bad smelly encounters en route?
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Yes.bad.. it's called Lewisham
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  3. Aiden_23

    Aiden_23 Active Member

    Bit of fermented cabbage from the local dump/tip/landfill really gets me heaving on the bike!!!! But Maggot farm WOW massive respect for that I would be doubled over!!!!
  4. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    There's a pie factory I go past. Depending on the day of week, it's either meat pies or the smell of hot cooking jam. Really deilicious smells, both of them.
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  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Whisky distilleries, both malt and grain.:smile:
    Agricultural aromas, cows and silage.
    The smell, or is it taste(?), of salt air and seaweed when it's stormy.
  6. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    Not a commute but I occasionally wander east along the Thames path. Crossness sewage works is a thing of true wonder!
  7. Boris Bajic

    Boris Bajic Guest

    I used to pass a cottage with several hives in the garden on my commute. The smell at certain times of the year reminded me of my own childhood around bees. The bees and honey don't smell, but there's a scent in a beekeper's garden that's magical.

    I still like the smell of a smouldering bonfire in the Autumn. Not riding through the smoke, just the scent of it in the air.

    I adore the recent-rain smell from hedgerows. It makes the damp roads worthwhile.

    In the right conditions, the exhaust of a two-stroke motor speeds me up on a bicycle. Not a bucolic image, but it works for me.

    On the downside I'm not too fond of oilseed rape, which seems to be grown all over the Three Counties.

    Rotting roadkill can also be unpleasant on a hot, still day.
  8. Peter88

    Peter88 Über Member

    Go past a KFC near work on the commute and on some weekend rides I go past a vinegar factory
  9. coffeejo

    coffeejo Ælfrēd

    West Somerset
    There are two dead and fermenting badgers on the side of the road near my place, within half a mile of one another. They've been there for a week and are most definitely at the "hold your breath as you go past" stage. We're just entering a spell of what promises to be hot and sunny weather. xx(
  10. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

    Jenkins Lane Depot - Refuse Transfer Station. Especially in a proper summer
  11. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Some fantastic food smells coming out of restaurants in west London....and the odd blast of skunk courtesy of WVM.
  12. edindave

    edindave Über Member

    Auld Reeker
    Pardon my ignorance but... maggot farm...? and local maggot farm!? This is news to me!!!

    They say every day is a school day! But I've never heard of it. :ohmy:
  13. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
  14. Gez73

    Gez73 Über Member

    There's a carcass lorry that I sometimes get stuck behind. Makes me wretch every time. Maggot farm sounds intriguing though.
  15. Madders

    Madders Regular

    I've noticed a distinct fishy smell during this wet weatherxx( Yet, as mentioned, wet hedgerows are lovely.
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