I somehow overlooked the email from Stu about the Bear Bones Bach to Bach winter event, but I saw the bothy photos popping up on the forum and I got a bit jealous. I had a few spare holidays rolled over from 2015, so I decided to get back out to Wales for a long weekend of bothy biking.
I’ve been meaning to check out a bothy for a while now. The winter months are quieter and a bothy is surely cosier than a frosty January bivi.
I was joined by Andy and Scott, both Tour Divide vets and active Bear Bones members. It was great hearing their stories from the TD, as it helped to prepare (scare) me for the HT550 coming up in May. Andy will actually be joining me at the start line, so I guess this was a sort of training ride for us.
It rained off and on most of the weekend, straight from the first pedal stroke on Friday morning. Regardless, we stayed mostly warm and had mostly ‘type 1’ fun, with some exceptionally satisfying breakfasts at the Tea Rooms in Rhayader on both Saturday and Sunday!