Was going to ride with a friend nr Totnes today but only had a an hour or so to ride this morning so couldn’t make it. Still felt the need of some adrenaline so took my Orange Five out for a short spin from home. As its now built up into a heavyish freeride Bike its a fair effort now to get it up the Dartmoor climbs. Felt I needed to get some leg power back but legs were still a bit tired. Up the Top there was a 40mph headwind with driving rain. The second half of that loop (normally about an hour on my HT) it makes up for it with a couple of lovely fast tech descents but at the bottom into a track of mud – I was soaked when I got back and in desperate need of a shower. Although its only 13 miles its a fair amount of off off-road climbing and thick FR tyres my knees were complaining. Makes you feel alive and toughens you up for bad weather was my thinking! Now to wash the bike off!