Sheltering, soaking wet, at the front of a National Trust café – to the disapproval of the staff inside – we realised this ride was going to get the better of us again.
The light drizzle in the valley had turned out to be steady and pretty unrelenting rain once up in the clouds on top of the moor, and we'd already made one navigation error as the fog combined with a map that was quickly giving up any attempt to stay in one piece.
It was time to cut our losses and head for the car. After only one of the thrilling descents we'd come for, the Shropshire hills had beaten us again.
Shropshire isn't up there with the traditionally well known mountain bike centres of the country but it definitely has the thrills and challenges to make it worth a visit.
The excellent riding on the Long Mynd, above Church Stretton, has everything, including technical climbing, paths winding around the hills, big, fast rocky downhills to leave you grinning, and serpentine singletrack that will hurtle you to the valley floor, twisting and turning along the course of a stream.
It's easily accessible from the big cities of the Midlands and the south, and the riding loops up and down onto the top of the moor, giving you many options for either a quick blast or a longer ride.
I have a certain amount of unfinished business with the Long Mynd. The first time I rode the trails I ended up pushing and carrying my bike for what felt like miles after I missed a turning and had to scramble up a narrow moorland valley to rejoin the route.
This was the second time. We took another wrong path before the weather eventually defeated us. Given the choice of trudging back up into the clouds, or heading for a shower and a drive home, we wimped out and cruised back into Church Stretton.
Hopefully the next time I ride the Shropshire hills the weather and the route will all finally come together. They contain the local-feeling trails that I wish were right outside my door, big enough to be a challenge, but easily accessible for a quick ride.
It was worth stopping off there on the way back from a trip to more famous riding in Scotland, but these hills are also more than worth a trip in their own right.
While the managed trail-centres across the UK are superb, places like the Long Mynd remind you to look beyond the obvious and find the gems where you'll have the track mostly to yourself, and the chance to enjoy it without a way-marked course taking some of the achievement out of it.
OS Explorer map 217 covers the Long Mynd, and Church Stretton has everything you'll need right next to some of the best of the riding.