Well, I didn’t ride this weekend, so I guess I better write something about last weeks ride 🙂 A few of us did a road trip to Nanaimo to ride the Doumont Road trails, and I had a blast. It was a stinky blast, but fun none the less. When we entered the trails, we noticed a very bad odour, and that something had been sprayed on the foliage right near the fire roads. It was quite odd, but further in the trails we found a sign that said their was an experiment in progress, and that they had applied a bio-solid from the Nanaimo Waste Water treatment plant. OK! The sign also warned not to eat above ground plant material, and to not eat below ground plant material. Again, common sense. When there is a blackish substance on a plant, and it smells like poo, I am not going to eat anything!
Once we got into the trails, and away from the fire roads the smell disappaited, and we were able to enjoy the ride. The trails were pretty damp, but in very good shape. The rain the night before had really increased the traction, knocked down the dust, kicked up the stink (see above), and made a few nice puddles to ride through.
We did ots of climbing, and the descent was well worth it. I had ridden at Doumont before, but we managed to find a few trails to ride that I had never been on. I actually had a great ride, and climbed more that I have climbed in a long time. Perhaps I need to get back into XC riding to rekindle my lost passion for riding? We also passed/rode a bunch of new stunts. Some were pretty rickety, and not worth riding, but some were incredible masterpieces! I would love to be there when someone challenges them.
Anyway I look at it, that day was good. The road trip was fun, the coffee was excellent, the trails great, the pub afterwards (the Black Bear) yummy, and the drive home uneventful. I had intended to take more pictures, but I had more fun riding.