A few weeks prior a few of us had ridden out to a potential spot on one of our regular evening rides - a nice high vista overlooking a local floodplain/wetlands area. The morning view from this spot should be a goodun!
Not only was this a cracking site to tramp it up for the night, it was also the first outing my DIY bar harness would be making..
I'd had a fairly empty Saturday so was able to sort out everything at lunchtime and was raring to go mid afternoon.The others, however, weren't! Hoops was busy buying a 'phat' new bike so at least he had a legitimate excuse!
We eventually rolled up to the shop at about half 6 - although this meant we'd be riding as the sun set, rather than relaxing at the camp, what the hey...
A few choice bits of singletrack later we'd arrived at the destination.
I was starving so quickly fired up the trangia to heat water for the couscous and cook my (rather tasty) meatball dish - "Look what we found" meals are bloody good!
Part of the enjoyment of these trips is the 'basicness' of mates, fire, booze, nature!
Hoops and Jim were already up, Ray was either dead or still asleep in his bivi bag...
The morning views were beautiful, as expected!
With all the crappy weather we've been having lately (wettest winter since time began or something...) it was lovely to have the trails drying out and the sun out!
- The trangia stove is a 'slow and steady' approach to cooking! I think I should invest in a proper stand/base for it, as my home made jobbies aren't up to scratch!
- The DIY bar harness survived, though the bag does rub on the tyre at full fork compression
- My tarp is far too big - not to worry...I've a Rig7 on my birthday wish list!
All in all, another fantastic adventure, and the kit list is getting trimmed/added to as necessary!
Here's the strava profile of the ride out and back...hmmm, no KOMs...how odd...!