I challenge you to find me another reservoir dam with such sick pave.
I rode around for a few miles more. Tried to get up a really steep hill that I could never get up on my SSMTB but couldn't get up even with the encouragement of some hillwalkers.
Shredded it back down to give the brakes a proper test and then punctured. Wouldn't be a shakedown ride without a puncture now, would it?
Weather was getting pretty crap now so I hotfooted it down the hill and to the safety of the Union Canal path. Home for coffee!