28 August 2007 - 13:12My Super Sweet 3sixteen
On Friday, I was able to escape from the shop to get my birthday ride in at Stowe (thank you Mandy). We parked in the Lower Village, and rode out to Sterling Valley via Tony’s and Tamarack. Rain the previous night, and high humidity levels ensured the rocks were dangerously slick. It was kinds nice playing in the middle of the day, without having to rush off to pick up children, or race daylight.
We saw plenty of deer.
We rolled on up to Godstreet and Seamus, only to be torn to bits by wild bramble patches on the latter trail. The saying goes, it isn’t a real ride unless someone bleeds. We finished our very real ride without further incident.
Sunday was an interesting day. Violent thunderstorms had swept the area on Saturday afternoon, and caused a lot of damage. We went up to East Burke to ride the Kingdom Trails. The weather was supposed to have moved out and replaced with cooler drier air. Well, it was drizzling. So much for that.
We stuck it out and rode anyway. It was kinda fun, a throwback to the days when we used to ride in the rain all the time, before we knew about trail erosion etc. Conditions were actually quite good. I had practically zero brakes, which made for some interesting moments on the trail. I had shortened the lines on the RIP, but had no time to bleed the brakes.
Sidewinder was pretty fun. Having no brakes actually helped.