After a late night boozing and eating large quantities of Indian food I had to get up and get out this morning; while my wife and kids were suffering from the very late night for the kids and the usual I’m never going to drink again comments from my wife.
The sun was shining and I had no hesitation after breakfast of getting kitted up and breaking out the Rockhopper. I have a saddle bag on the Rockhopper with a few bike specific parts in – the correct 9 speed power links and a 29″ inner tube (among other things) so I decided to pack my smaller camelbak today and rode a bit lighter and with the bare minimum of tools and accessories.
A 14 mile loop took in one or two regular trails and also one or two diversions I had heard about but never been too. I also topped about 35 mph on a stretch of road coming back which always raises the heart rate a little bit.
I sought out a large bomb hole which I had heard about but never ridden to, and was not disappointed by the sheer size of it. There were some jumps and the opportunity to drop in among some trees on a steep bank. It’s fair to say I killed some time having a few goes.
The highlight of the ride was a cheeky bit of single track at the far end of the loop that I have only ridden once before. It twists through a wooded area on the side of a pretty steep hill, culminating in a nice descent which is only really passable at certain times of the year as it gets really over grown.
I was out for about 2 and a half hours in the beautiful morning sun and during the toughest climb the temperature hit 20 degrees C. As you can see took some great pics with my iPhone, I also took some video with my GoPro which I will share with you tomorrow.
After lunch we took the kids to a local farm / petting zoo. We have been there a few times but today was real fun and we saw some baby rabbits. Not sure i have ever seen a week old bunny before – melts the toughest of hearts I can tell you.
So to man up a little I removed and degreased my cassette and chain when we got back – grrrr!