Weather still not with us for offroading and the wind this morning was gusting to 35mph. Decided that a 10 mile road ride to the coast- have a coffee, and then go offroad with the wind behind us would be the best bet- That ride to the coast had the headwind and at times was more than 35mph. Almost stopped the bike at times.
Had the coffee and took the steepest climb up to the hills. Guess what- the wind was still in our faces- the direction had changed. That steep hill we have done several times on our night riding but had daylight to look around- Looking at the kerb at the side of the road gives you a good idea of gradient and although I knew it was steep, was surprised to estimate it at 1 in 5 (20%) it did not seem that steep, even with the headwind, but the Tandem suddenly got heavier. Looked to the kerb and it was now 1 in 4 (25%). Still in a high gear but the gusting headwind started as we got to an exposed bit of the hill. That was hard. Still managed it in middle ring-(36) and quite pleased- And when we turned for home we woud have a tailwind. Like hell we did- It was a strong gusty sidewind on exposed hills and we struggled to keep in line- No way were we going to even chance a fast downhill with that sidewind. Then the temperature got colder- Sure sign of rain on the way and the clouds darkened, and darkened and--- nothing happened. It just stayed cold. Eventually struggled home to find the trails a bit "Moist" and slippery but not a bad ride in the conditions and glad we got home before the rain-- We hadn't-- Luck was with us and we had followed the rain all the way home. We were never more than 10 miles from home and The wife was moaning that she had not got out in the Garden this morning. About 5 minutes after we left- it started raining and it got heavier and heavier and heavier and stopped about 10 minutes before we got home.