Sorry if this reaches you too late!
Hmmmmmm much too late !
Bright sunny day when I set off from home. The second I turned off the M6, bleak skies and sleet. Some of the back roads leading to Settle were a bit dodgy and I was beginning to contemplate carrying on to the Lakes instead, but 2 miles out from Settle the white stuff disappeared and I just had some rain to contend with.
So off I set. Bit cold and wet but all very 'could be worse, I could be at work'.
I reckon the white stuff started falling just before Mitchel Lane. By the time I got onto Stockdale Lane the snow was a good 3" thick and when I got to the gate at the end some of the drifts were calf deep. By the time I got to Kirkby Fell all the snow was almost knee deep, it was bike hike only and if it wasn't for the GPS I wouldn't have had a clue where the trail was. The snow was driving hard too and drifting on one side of the bike and me.
I then did something I very rarely do. I did the sensible thing and jibbed the rest of the route. It really did feel stupid to be up there. You know you're in bother when no other human or animal is up there with you. I headed across Nappa Cross and headed back down to Settle.
By the time I got down to Clay Pits Plantation the snow was almost gone again but **** me what a muddy slidy mess that last section was.
So here I am, p1ssed off and deflated having only just finished cleaning up all sh1te off the bike and gear. Some birthday ride that was !
I won't be defeated though and I'll certainly be back.
I don't know how close you all live to Settle but if you heard a loud 'for forks sake' echo off the Blua Crags around 12:30pm... that was me.