Today, we finally had some real winter weather. After the unseasonal warmth of Christmas, these last few cold, frosty, clear days have been a breath of fresh air for me. Yesterday, I watched the weather forecast hoping for snow. As it looked more and more likely, I prepared snacks, charged the cameras, warmed my waterproofs and checked the bike. Thankfully, the snow came, and I was off… and, as is usual when it snows, I headed for Cannock Chase.
Riding on studded snow tyres, I was able to cut through the snow, and Cannock Chase was a blast. The traffic on the A51 from Rugeley to Breretonhill was murder, though, and progress slow, but upon hitting the deserted back lanes of Longdon, I was able to open it out again. This was the first time I’d felt truly connected with nature and the bike since my illness over the new year. It was a great, tiring and challenging ride. For more of this kind of thing, my 365daysofbiking Tumblr journal is still running.