It's that time of year when the hours of daylight after school are short, and now that Tom is at high school he has homework to do in the evenings too, so it's good to have a go at something big at the weekend.
Our plan as the picture above suggests was to ride up to the top of Snowdon. The forecast was good, but the weather when we arrived at Llanberis was not quite so good.
No worries, we would head up the hill with the hope of the weather improving. If you wait for ideal conditions this time of year, then nothing will get done.
We managed to ride a lot of the track, with only short bits of pushing.
As we get level with clogwyn du'r arddu we see the first bits of snow above us.
We also meet a number of people who say that it is very icy, and that they'd thought better of going to the top.
We kept on going though to see what it was like higher up.
Icy sums it up. We were about a mile from the summit in the above picture, and that would have to do. It was too sketchy without crampons, never mind with a tandem to push.
The ride back down was great, we didn't rush though, and took in the views.
We had a good ride, even though we didn't make it all the way to the top. It was good to be just out doing something on two wheels.
The next day we did a short ride from home on our mountain bikes. Though there was no snow and ice as above, it felt a good deal colder in a bitter northerly wind.