Two years of exceptionally cold dry winter coupled with the simultaneous opening of two man made whitewater courses; how quickly we forget what play-boating was like pre 2010... a time when we relied on stimuli !
This weekend ; persistent rain provided the stimulus for an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement to Hurley.
Well; that and a few beers shared at Ivan & Melanie's house warming party on Saturday night!
You wait years for a gate to open then four come along at once.
It's really amazing what a spell of heavy rain can do for the reflexes; most sensory neurons do not pass
directly into the brain, but synapse in the spinal cord.
This paddler's brain has just received sensory input along the neural pathway.
allows reflex actions to occur relatively quickly by activating spinal motor
neurons without the delay of routing signals through the brain, although the
brain will receive sensory input while the reflex action occurs.
Instinct is an action - reflex is a reaction; you'll need both.
Unfortunately on this occasion, the fifth gate aka The Red Lyon proved a gate too far, remaining firmly shut as we tried to enter; however there really is no need to sup before a blazing log fire as in winter time.
Should we choose to return next weekend, the Lyon will roar even if the fire doesn't and levels could well provide a rare chance to play in May. How stimulating!