21 June 2010 - 11:11Back to Our Regular Schedule of Shenanigans
Wow, what a crappy week last week was. I’m still not sure on how this will all shake out in the long run, but I am positive that it will all work out for the better in the end. Life without change is boring anyway.
The weekend was actually pretty awesome. I had a quiet but good day in the shop, and B29 Team Rider Emily Brock asked me to break in her new front wheel for her. How could I say no? I had ridden in on Saturday, so I swapped out my crazy colored front wheel for the all black I9/Crest/Aerolite wheel. While mounting the tire, I had my first Stan’s bath in almost 5 years. I blew the tire right of the rim and was soaked in sealant. I finally did get the tire to go back on, and then proceeded to not be very nice to it on the way home. I hit every pot hole, rode into the edge of where the tarmac meets the shoulder on the roads, and even took the wheel on a beer run. It should be OK for this crazy Trans Georgia ride she’s doing this weekend.
On Sunday, all the dads got together for a ride up in the Kingdom. It was a beautiful day. We got to the parking lot in full sunshine, and nine of us headed up Darling Hill. Well, when we got to the top, it decided that it was going to rain. And rain it did. And thunder. And lightning. It got to the point where we decided that getting off out aluminum steeds was probably a good idea, and so we stood around under some trees. There was no way we were going to get to actual shelter without getting stuck by lightning, so we waited the storm out.
It did eventually let up, and we continued to ride. Hell, we were already there, so we rode . Some of the trails had puddles that were hub deep, and one trail was a raging torrent of runoff. It was crazy. Needless to say, there were no pictures taken during the ride, but Jonsie did have the helmet cam on when we bombed down Kitchell. Hopefully it comes out, it was so much fun charging down that trail.
Once I got home, there was much clean up to do, my bike and all my gear was absolutely disgusting. While the rain didn’t make for awesome bike riding conditions, it did make for a great experience with good friends. It was a much needed re-charge, and I’m feeling like bikes are becoming fun again.