The rain hammered the North Shore overnight and started to ease in the early hours.
The HMAWOTN (Hard Men And Women Of The North) started to wake just before they had gone to bed. Many of the men turned to Boys and piked quicker than you could login and press a button (SatNav – don’t want to bring attention to you but that is the third one this week!!!) . The Hard Women of the North (Magoo and Jenna) just smiled, took it in their stride and pedalled away. Fortunately for those that can only focus on one thing at a time both Fore and Big Goaders represented the sex admirably.
www.willigetwet.com for the first time lied to me. It showed big concentrations of rain passing over the Fluffer route but absolutely clear from 4.45am. The potential cancellation was cancelled and a desire ‘not to go’ turned into a ‘should go, and when no one turns up I can head back to bed’. This is clearly against the rumour that I, like SatNav, do not sleep……..
Heading into McCarrs it got cold – very cold………Magoo wanted something to help her warm up. Top Secret: she now wants to install a ‘cyclist warming station’ in the regroup point at the bottom of McCarrs. The patent will soon be pending. Her belief is that if she gets one of the following installed all will be fine.
Just past Church Point Fore turned to head back to West Head and give it a bashing whilst the trio headed down the beaches. The further south that we all got the more the sun refused to rise, the wetter it got and the colder it got. The only thing that warmed everyone was the smiles and the camaraderie of the small peloton heading down the Pittwater Road. Note: It was wet so Manly CC were not out.
A brief stop in Manly and we were off again, navigating safely through Sydney Road and up Pirrawi. Magoo invents a new call – Not a ‘Regroup’, not an ‘Ease Up’; this one is good – ‘Wardrobe’. Everybody will know that when someone shouts wardrobe you should drop everything and stop!!! Quote of the day – ‘Can we get Frostbite this morning from the weather?’. No Magoo you are safe today don’t worry. A wet and dripping magoo takes off her gloves as her hands are cold. After swapping some clothing with Big Goaders she is off again – warmer than before.
An on time delivery at the B&T to meet a sodden OTP of 10 riders huddled under the umbrellas. Both Magoo and Jenna had headed North before the bridge to traverse the final ridges back to a warm shower at home.
This morning the shower at work was one of the nicest places to be. On reflection it’s amazing how you can enjoy such horrible weather when you are with such great company.
Normal 5.15pm and 6pm returns this evening. Please note the Allambie return will be cancelled due to Safety Reasons. We will save an Allambie onslaught for another day.
If anyone finds a Sully to warm them up please let me know………