Great, it was cold, damp and wet in the forest. That meant I could risk riding in there and the frisky temperatures meant I did not sweat my ass off wearing protective layers of clothing. There was a fierce wind blowing which kept most insects out of the air as well. I was elated I could go offroad after 3 weeks of riding exclusively on the road with my Litespeed Vortex.
I decided to do the Meerdael Bloso routes, starting with the Blue, hopping onto the red and finishing off with a little bit of green. There was not much use riding the complete green because that meant leaving the protective shelter of the forest and being exposed to the wind, and to a lesser extent , to one of the rain showers.
The Moots felt like a comfortable rolls royce and my long rides on the road were proving to be very good training for being able to push the big gears. I was wearing my TLD protective trousers to add an extra layer of clothing between the horseflies and my skin. As expected, I remained bite-free throughout this ride. I was enjoying riding offroad again, even on the relatively easy Bloso routes.
Encountering a couple of mountainbikers , one single girl I passed twice, and a group consisting of 2 men and a girl when I was arriving at the Blue/Red split. I was lucky with the weather remaining mostly dry, only 2 slight showers during my ride. But the heavy cover of the leaves was protecting me from the raindrops. And even then, my double trousers and 2 layers of longsleeved jerseys would not have mad eit easy for the wetness to reach my skin. With an average temperature of 14 degrees C these were the ideal circumstances for me to ride my mountainbike in summer.
Ride Stats : 46.5K and 495/585 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 2h24mins