Wil:Wanna come to Wales for the weekend and ride some trails again with Ride the Wild?
I look at the weather…..snow, ice and severe weather warnings across most of the UK for the weekend and week to come….
Me: Sure thing.
That was the way it went. I left London at 11.30am on Friday and started my way up towards Wales. It was cold, around 1c, but felt like -5c with the wind chill, but I had my heated gloves and handlebar grips and many layers under my jacket to keep the cold out and my body warm. The first and really only part of my body to get cold were my toes and feet. Pretty soon they felt like blocks of ice hanging off my legs.
Then ,just past Birmingham, and heading west toward Shrewsbury it started to snow, and it came down fast and heavy. The roads were not gritted and the drivers were not prepared for it, and as usual, the car drivers were unaware in their warm cars just how bad the roads were getting.
I had to pull over at one point because the road was just too slippery and I also wanted to see where Wil was, and let him know what was laying ahead for him to ride into! I managed to get hold of him and he was about an hour behind me. I decided I would wait for him to catch up so we could ride together, it would be safer that way in case one of us got into any trouble and if it got any worse along the way we would be able to help one another out.
I let some cars go past and let them put a good line in the road before I continued at a crawl along the A5, finally find a service area to pull into and wait for Wil……..and let my feet warm up! I had to wash them in the sink of the Starbucks (sorry!) as they were frozen and I was worried that frost bite could set in. That done and two coffees and 45 minutes later Wil finally arrived. He had ridden past 8 accidents on the A5 stretch that I had called him from. So the weather had got worse…..