Well, a lot of things have been going on around here lately, arrivals of things, shippings of things and general havoc.
I am combining a post of the weekend recap, and some of what to look forward to tomorrow. Kinda like a 2 for 1, except you didn’t get a post yesterday, so it is kind of like one big one instead of 2…
Pine Hill Park Escapade
Five humans and two dogs made the trip to Rutland on Saturday for an afternoon of riding and fun. Mandy and I have been there before, so we were able to navigate the trails in to some fun loops that we rode the crap out of. It was hot and sunny, so we had to be careful with the 4-leggers. Thankfully, the pond served as a rest spot for people and mutts alike. Seamus actually remembered that water is fun, and leaped into the pond after sticks.
We were out for about 3 hours, which was a little too long for the dogs. The funny thing about dogs, is that they are always so eager to play, but they often get ahead of themselves. We only rode about 10 miles, but they probably ran about 30. Their pads were cracked and dry after, and neither of them wanted to walk or even eat once everybody got home.
Lesson learned. No more dogs on longer rides. They are OK now though, and back to their normal doggy selves.
Oh, and another helpful tip, don’t be in Mandy’s way when the ice cream truck pulls into the parking lot. She is not afraid to step up and claim her place in line!
On Sunday, there was a huge trail work day out in the Little River Valley. Where is this? Ahhh, yes, well, this is a new connector trail that will eventually turn into some amazing riding. 55 people turned up for several VMBA chapters to do some serious drainage and armoring work on a crucial connecting piece of trail that links the Cottonbrook trails in Moscow to the Little River State Park in Waterbury. It’s a big deal.
Sadly I was not there this time. Instead, I ended up doing some much needed work around the house, the kind I have put off for about 2 years. I got a huge punch-list done, and even had time for a quick ride in the evening. Furley and I made the most of some quiet time. Results below.
Monday was shop craziness, but got a quick post up on JayPro’s race bike, but ya’ll already knew that.
Tuesday… Well, my Jet finally landed. In 90 degree heat. Funny to think that 2 weeks ago it was snowing, but hey, I’ll take it. Tuesday night is typically the “girls ride”, but Mandy wasn’t feeling well, so I stepped in to lead the ride. On my new bike. Which I spent all day tweaking, but have it pretty darn close to where I want it. I’ve only had 9 months to think about it, and the result is a completely different bike than it’s predecessor.
But I digress…
I led a group of 6 women into the Perry Hill Trail system. They had various skill levels, but fantastic attitudes. I spent a limited time as an assistant guide in Moab in my past, so I really tried to use those skills I learned way back then. I’m not a very good guide, nor am I a good coach, but I had big shoes to fill. I listened to them talk about how their boyfriends/husbands/significant others would “coach” them through sections of trail, which always ended up badly. And then I thought about the times I had “tried” to talk Mandy through stuff, pretty much the same result I’m guessing… It was pretty apparent that these ladies actually know how to ride bikes, but weren’t necessarily equipped to have fun doing it. They all stomped the crap out of the main climb up Perry Hill, rode hard stuff I took them on without telling them, and listened patiently to my suggestions on how to improve their trail experience.
I had fun riding with the ladies, and none of them told me to shut up while I was suggesting new ways to interpret the trail, so maybe that’s a good sign…
So, back to my Jet. Yep, many things to talk about here. You’ll just have to come back tomorrow to find out more, oh, and it already has a name…
Yeah, that drivetrain is actually red hot!