I have seen countless photos and video clips of people (easily) riding their fully-loaded huge adventure bikes across rivers a hundred times wider than this and four times deeper and probably with the bottom strewn with head-sized slippery cobbles. I've also ridden my offroad bike with offroad tyres over slimy tree-roots a foot high in the pouring rain in the woods. Then again, I've seen plenty photos of bikes laying on their side in a river, with the riders struggling to pick them up while water soaks into their equipment, pours into the engine and drowns the ignition and other electrical equipment I've also felt a bike slipping out from under me with that inevitability that can only result in a bike laying down and things bent and broken. It's taken me ten times as long to write this as it took to happen. Dammit there was only a few meters of shallow water between me and an easy ride to Hamner Springs. I did it once so I can do it again. Fire the bike up, stand on the pegs and away we go.... How easy was that? Straight through the ford, with no significant drama and apart from shooting water up my trouser legs, nothing untoward to show for it. I paused again and after kicking myself for not taking more photos (or even setting up a camera to record the effort) resumed my route, easily skirting a third branch of the stream that was now just a big puddle. Within 400m I met the main (sealed) road and my concerns were over. I'm still not sure if I was just being over-anxious (and now being over-dramatic) about an easy water-crossing or whether I got lucky! Vowing to do more dirt-riding when I get home I zoomed off toward Hamner Springs.