I spent the whole of the Easter weekend doing my direct access with Terry at Metropolis (think part Albert Steptoe, part Mother Teresa...) and yesterday I took my test at the centre out near Esher. And failed.
Proper failed - 4 serious marks (1 is a fail!). 3 were becase I didn't spot the right speed - did 20 in a 30 zone, 40 in a 30 zone... three times! The last was not looking properly and pulling out in front of a Merc on the the dual carrigeway and made him break. Actually, he beeped his horn and made gestures at me so I knew I'd failed then and there.
However.... and this is the bit where I'm starting to feel a bit more hopeful... I got relatively few maks apart from that. I had good control of the bike throughout and he was perfectly happy with my riding. Not bad for someone who took his CBT three weeks ago and doesn't have a bike, so all my learining was done over the last 5 days.
I've got my next test on the 10th in Chingford and I'll hire a 125 from raceways and spend the weekend before going through the various routes that they have up on the DSA website.
Now, after riding in the weather we've had in London the last few days (hail, snow, rain, wind & sun) I'm looking forward to letting my hands regain thier normal shape before I get on a bike again!
Here's hoping for the next one...