Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Summer Night Ride

Today I went riding in the late evening with Tim.

We hit The Woodlot and rode a nice route from the top to the bottom which included Krazy Karpenter, Tsuga, Snakes and Ladders and finally Shotgun.

While climbing at about 8:30pm we were passed by a guy on a Cove XC bike out for a quick rip with his dog. I was on my Ollie pushing my bike up for the most part and Tim was on his Six making the most of it.

By the time we reached the top, out lights came out of our packs and we entered the tree covered trails in the flat light that presents itself at sunset time in the woods.

On Karpenter we both were amazed by the grip of the wood on the long log ride at the top. Karpenter in the summer is a wickedly fun trail but she is in disrepair and needs a load of TLC. It is sure to be one I will be working on in the fall and winter of this year.

We then went over to Tsuga and rode down without any issues. The big bike is a much different beast than my Rune and slow speed sections are a little awkward on a bike built purely for speed.

Snakes and Ladders was simply wicked. We stopped at a section to shut down a jump blocked be a number of fallen trees. After that it was clear sailing to the bottom of the trail.

Over to Shotgun and it was a blast in the night hooting and hollering every now and then to keep the bears out of our way on the trail.

At Tim's vehicle we cracked a nice cold beer and packed up our bikes for the trip home.

A nice summer night ride is a cool way to keep stoke alive for riding the local trails.

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