The essential elements of a good Shore ride:
Climbing, rain, slick roots, rocks and dirt.
Today I encountered all these elements on my ride. I arrived at the Old Buck parking lot at 6:15am, unloaded my bike, put on my pack and began my climb in the light rain up the road. I had my iPod on and a hat to keep my head dry but only needed a t-shirt on my torso due to warm conditions. I was riding my Rune which hasn't seen any dirt for a few weeks and it was nice getting out and pedaling it again.
Unfortunately I didn't get any of the spectacular views you normally get on the climb up Seymour because of the clouds and rain. When I reached CBC, I took a shot of the entrance to CBC with the mist invading the trail.
My route down was CBC, Corkscrew, Salvation, Pingu, Pangor, Slash and Empress.
Overall, I'd say I had a pretty damn good ride. No major spills, and I got a great workout getting to the top.