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Why do they call this Rocky Road?

One hell of a bike ride today with swindunbar and Dana today. I wanted to go to Beaver Dam, but there was a small amount of rain (freaky, I know) and they closed it down. :( So, I chose a challenging trail and coordinated Rocky Road. swindunbar has really come along with his mountain biking and I did not know what kind of biker Dana was. The three of us are pretty close in terms of abilities, strength and endurance for mountain biking.

Trail started off a bit wet and damp making the exposed roots quite slippery. Very quickly they learned why this trail is called Rocky Road--there are all kinds of rocks all over the place. We had to walk up several hills and no major incidences. The trails tend to be labyrinth and it was hard to use the map I had. One of these days I'm going to get GPS for my bike.

At one point I realized I did not have my sunglasses on. Auuuggghhh! I took them off to look at the map (they kept steaming up whenever we stopped) and placed them on the handle bars and forgot them. So, since I just got these to replace the other pair I lost a month ago (these are Tifosi's) we headed back to that spot. Sure enough, there they were within 20' of where we stopped. Someone did run over them, but only over the ear piece, so no damage there. Yay, me!

Then..., the big one. The big fall...

Pretty much, I was on a very narrow section on the side of a hill and drop off on the right. I lost some speed and started to lose my balance. Since I was on a narrow path, there was nothing I could do to regain my balance and down the hill I went. As I slid down about 5' I grabbed a sapling to slow me down with both hands and my foot came to rest on a branch before I fell another 5' or more into Crabtree Creek. Of course, what would any friend do in this situation do? Take pictures! OK, well, they did check on me first. :p Dana said I made quite a bit of noise and he knew something bad happened with the racket. A bit stunned, but I was fine. Few scrapes here and there, some blood from those, but I'm good and keep on the trail.

We had about enough of this trail beating us up and got on the fire road for a quick exit. We decided to boost our confidence by tackling the Lake Crabtree trails and had good fun there tearing things up. Overall bike stats: cycling time 1:37:55, avg speed 6.0mph, distance 9.91mi, max 21.0mph.

Did some errands, got home and crashed hard for about an hour or two. I may be a bit sore tomorrow, but it was all worth it.


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Oct. 7th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
looks like a fun ride though. I did a ride but I keep forgetting to take pics. It was a surprise as I thought it was going to rain all day. It got sunny so I took off. the trail was a bit muddy but nothing I couldn't handle.
Oct. 7th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok. Nice calves ;-)
Oct. 7th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Woof. Nothing sexier than a nice guy looking all butch with some skinned knees and scrapes.


Glad you are OK!
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm very glad that you escaped with just some minor scrapes & bruises... and it seems like a good time all the same!

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