I'm in! 1/12, Long Mynd.
Mates from work were going to ride around the Long Mynd today, I thought I'd join them and get my January bivvy in at the same time. Not wanting to arrive too early I didn't leave home until well after 4 pm arriving in Little Stretton at 5:30. My intention was to have a meal at the Ragleth Inn, (the one Mike and Scattamah like) But they don't open 'til six and start serving food at half past. The Green Dragon saw me proud though, with a delicious beef & ale stew and a couple of pints of Shropshire's finest. then load up and pedal through the forestry to a nice hammock spot I'd used before. Or not, 'cos I couldn't find it. I'm sure I was looking in the right place but no sign of it, even after blundering around the forest for a good (or bad) half hour. I'm wondering if the area had been felled, that's why I couldn't find it.
Eventually I pitched up in somewhere not too bad, had a brew and 6 ounces of Lidl brandy and dressed for bed. It was freezing, so I was well layered up in Merino underwear and two layers of down jackets, inside two quilts. And a hot water (platypus) bottle. Then I was too hot and had to take stuff off in the night.
In the morning a dense fog had set in, but everything was still frozen. My tarp, which at first glance seemed to be wet, was covered in frozen fog which shattered when the tarp was shaken.
Then ride back down the hill to meet the guys before riding back up again. We had three mechanicals between us, which reminded me of the group motorbike rides we used to have a couple of generations ago - every few miles someones' bike would conk out and the whole procession would have to stop. It could take most of the day to travel to Rhyl (40 miles)
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