We decided to do a little recci up the back of Donna on Saturday. It was a bit of a last minute hook up during a soggy solo ride that was looking like winding up a little early.
Rolling through Launching Place we could see the rain falling a few hundred meters away, and given we were already pretty soaked, the decision was made to try and find something to cut the cold from the hands. We popped into a nursery, and picked up a pair of silicon gardening gloves, which worn upside down actually performed fairly effectively. The guys at the nursery just shook their heads in disbelief..!
Don road was stunning as always, and we were a little surprised to see that Parks hadn't closed the gate up to Donna just yet. The road was still fairly hard packed (it will soften with no traffic) and we must have counted at least ten trees down, some looked very fresh.
We rode the last ten kms in the rain, and we're pretty wet by the summit. Quickly popping on everything at hand, we got stuck into the descent. The temperature was sharpened with the constant rain, and by cement creek I was pretty distressed. My wooden fingers had to have the blood shaken back into them, and the grimace I had been wearing was temporarily frozen in place.
It's always a toss up between descending faster to get it over and done with, or riding it more slowly to reduce the effect of the wind + rain. I'd love to hear the correct method...!
Anyway, these things always eventually end - and a hot pie and strong coffee (ok, and a caramel slice) go a long way to restore core temps..
Descent aside, it was a brilliant ride. We managed a couple of pics if you are interested, which you can view here