Today was a darkish, rainy day. It reminded me of England. On such days I would take the mountain bike on to the trails and get wonderfully muddy. Before entering the house upon return, the bicycle and I would first go under the garden hose in the backyard. From my house in Hazlemere it was almost a case of just crossing the road and many trails lay before you.
Here in Rochester it is a little more work but not much to get to some areas with a high mud potential: right on Culver, over the 490 highway and there is Cobb’s Hill park – in a few weeks the scene of a cyclocross race. I traced parts of the race route. The climb up to the reservoir was easier than I thought but then the twists and turns through the woods were very tricky. In Hazlemere 12 years ago I was a lot handier, I am a bit rusty now. From Cobb’s Hill park I crossed over to Ellison Park. Here certainly was a plenty supply of mud, I splashed about very happily and yes the garden hose was applied upon return.
Somewhere during the ride the front suspension locked up (maybe a leak?) and the start./stop button on my Garmin Edge computer seemed stuck I noticed when getting back but it did correctly track the route.