Anyway, a sort of loop around the bottom of Skiddaw then down, via Threlkeld to Thirlmere and over Sticks Pass. Not ridden that before. Mostly the climb was a steep carry come push come short bits of granny ring spinning, but worth it for the descent into Glenridding, which was lovey and thought provoking at the same time.
And it got us down to Ullswater for a stormingly, lovely, traverse of the amazing lakeside singletrack - properly ace. Rode loads of stuff clean that I often faff up thanks to the Ragley's poise, whoomph and bright-eyed, big-grin, psychotic ti-grained soul. Got to the end of it and looked round for the folk who'd been with us at the start and they'd just gone.
|Sticks Pass from the Thirlmere side - push or carry, your choice...|
|Hike-a-bike two in the background, track on RH side aiming for that obvious notch.|
All that and it'll handle 60-mile days in the Peak or Lakes too.
Anyway... one more hike-a-bike and some lovely flowing stuff down to the overnight camp at Pooley Bridge, we came in 12th and 13th, so that was okay, but to be honest, it was just great spending a day with a mate, chatting with a bunch of nice folk, riding some lovely trails and being grateful that the rain held off until we'd finished.
|Oooops, pitched side on to a serious freak gust - bang, snap, drama...|
|One slightly bedraggled Davey at the finish of day two - hard on the |
Keswick Mountain Festival which looked equally soggy...
|Can we go now?|