Had a great ride yesterday. Shane, Darryll, Mark, Mike and myself hit the dump for a nice tour. My trainer work is definitely starting to pay off. I feel much stronger on the climbs, and my endurance is definitely improving. We were out on the trail for 3 hours (not all of that was riding), and I never ate a Cliff Bar. Of course that may be due to the fact that when I went to get one from my pack I discovered I didn’t have one with me 😮
The only mechanical on the ride was Mike’s bike. He was riding a hardtail he built for his girlfriend, and the drivetrain was skipping when he layed down the power. When this happened, his knees would drive up into the bars! Yeouch. I have done that before and I know it hurts. Good thing he had on armour.
While trailing Darryll down Snakes N Ladders I got the privilege of watching a wipeout unfold right in front of me. Thankfully I stopped before becoming part of the action. Darryll went off one of the log drops with more speed than normal, and his front tire washed out off the side of the trail! Woops. He went down pretty softly and didn’t hurt himself, and hadn’t damaged his bike. Good news.
On Y2J Shane did his usual leaping thing. I was finding my rear shock was bottoming out on some stuff it shouldn’t have. I will have to look into that.
By the end, Yoshi was just wiped out. He needed a good long run, and he certainly got it yesterday. When we got back to the truck, he needed a little help getting into the truck. I loaded my gear into the back, and when I went to get into the truck, his body was on his bed in the back seat, but his head was dangling into the footwell of the drivers side rear seat. He was knackered! Mission accomplished.
Of course I was pretty tired and hungry, so I stopped at Francelli’s for an Americano, and a giant oatmeal chocolate chip cookie!