North to Nassington for a day that was notable for the amount of water, and mud.
The weather forecast was for some showers, and that's what I got. Wen I set off on the first circuit, "Another wood and back" it was raining lightly. Apart from the fact that rain gets me wet, there's a couple of other problems. One is my glasses; when they're speckled with rain, I don't see as well as I'd like. The other is the PDA - it isn't weather proof, and if it gets wet enough, it could stop working. So I packed a spare PDF, just in case.
I got my first bootful early on. It wasn't actually a bootfull, but a bit more than a trickle made it's way inside my boot when I tried to cross a ditch that was deeper than I'd hoped.
A lot of the route was on tarmac, but a lot wasn't. And that's where the mud came in. It isn't that I mind getting muddy. But the bike doesn't fly so well on soggy muddy ground, and I had to do quite a lot of walking the bike.
The high point came when I did the second circuit, "Elton Furze and back". One of the first few caches was on the other side of a ditch that was flooded. I was hoping that it wasn't very deep. I was sadly disappointed, and I went in up to my knees. And that meant I spent the rest of the day walking on water. With cold, wet feet.
And on mud - some of the bridleways were so soggy as to be unbikable, so more walking was needed.
I had hoped to end the day with a wicked puzzle cache that would involve wading hip-deep at one point, and I'd come prepared for that. But when I got to the starting point, it was clear that I'd be wading chin-deep (or worse), and so I sadly left that one for a time when the floodwaters recede.
I set a record for battery usage (because fighting through soft mud takes a lot of energy). I completely used the first four batteries, and partly used the fifth. I have six altogether. I think this is telling me that when summer comes, and I stay out longer, I'll need a couple more.
66 caches done, one DNF