Here is my ride report...it was a little wet, and then I drove to Bocketts.
The rain settled into what I call persistant. It would stay like this for 3 hours except for when it changed to torrential or barely raining at all for a bit of variety. I sat in the car to see if it would stop or if anyone would turn up anyway. Come 8.40 I headed out on my own.
I don't know that many routes from Bocketts so I headed for Leith knowing that some of it would be rideable whilst damp. The route was wet and getting wetter but still rideable. I went straight down the hill instead of right to landrover to dodge a bit of mud, then got soaked to the skin by the ferns and nettles all the way up to the rookery. With the rain coming heavier I gave up on the summit and a cake and went straight for a summer lightning run and return. The 2nd section was like a mountain stream...it would be nice to say I found some flow, but actually I couldn't see any of the trail and the brakes don't like being washed so clean. They were still running the "hops and drops" course on Leith which I thought was brave in the conditions.
Coming back the puddles were only getting bigger - deep enough to wash my boots as I peddled through on the bocketts return path - but I didn't have to worry about getting wet feet as they had been squelching for over an hour already. I did PB the high med climb, then avoided the muddy dearly beloved to return to the outbound route.
Now I feel justified in posting this http://vimeo.com/26663831
its not as if this morning's weather was the exception, it's been awful all week and will be next week as well?
When I got home shivvering with cold I found the wife had made soup...gazpacho...you couldn't make this up! Did it rain? she asked - no rain at all in New Haw if you can beleive it