Forget the Rain and Ride!
So off I set, the weather getting greyer the nearer I got to Wales. Which is not unusual as Wales has a formidable rainfall! Well, true to form it started raining. So I changed my plan and diverted to The Marin Trail in the Gwydyr Forest not far from Betws Y Coed. I reasoned that it would take no navigation and the trails were well drained leading to a more pleasant ride in the rain.
I parked up and got out. It was gloomy, cold and wet with only one other car there. That said it all! I got kitted out and set off. By now it was absolutely heaving it down. I resigned myself to a wet and cold 3 hours. I reached the main fire road and headed up. I soon broke into a sweat and became as wet inside as out, but at least I was on a bike, breathing fresh air, feeling alive and away from the Christmas brain washing which we have been force fed since October!
At the end of the first singletrack section there was a smile on my face and I didn't care about the weather. The new RP23 rear shock was performing really well. Much better than my standard Float. The bumps were being absorbed much more efficiently. Looked like a good investment.
The rest of the ride went well and the final section was just top! It really is very well designed and never fails to please. I just hadn't got the energy to repeat that last section again. I met only three people that afternoon and my "waterproof" boots were swimming!
And of course it stopped raining on arrival back at the car. Sods Law!!! I stripped off and dried myself down and put on dry stuff. I felt fantastic. You know if it had been raining at home I may have been tempted not to bother. I would have missed a great ride!!