This morning I managed a very sneaky, very guilty ride. It has been bucketing down here since Saturday with some local flooding and the road ride looked doomed. Fortunately Nick had a great idea. We took out the single speeds and did a little mud larking around Bunya. Before the trail fairies jump on me, I must say we stayed off the trails that suffer in the wet and rode lots of fire trails to avoid damaging the good work done in there. The trails were in awesome condition with very little mud around and plenty of running water in the creeks. It was a bit like riding under water though with the humidity one step short of tropical thunderstorm.
The loop took in all the highlights with my favorite this morning being Carnage. It always drains really well and the extra traction of that slightly damp, tacky dirt allowing an extra bit of lean, that extra bit of pace. It goes from fun to magic pretty swiftly. You know you've had fun on a ride when you feel the dirt in your teeth and can see the little spots of mud on your nose. I was soaked to the bone at the end and grinning like an idiot as I peeled the jersey off over my head and wrung the water out of my helmet pads. Today I am glad I own a ute.
So its home for a hot shower and a cup of tea. Nice way to start the day really.