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My big day at Beaver Dam

I've been waiting on my videos and pictures to post last night, so I postponed posting this until now. It was a wild ride yesterday.

So, it was a great day to start out. Weather was in the low 80's, rather clear and headed out on the trail. I've been meaning to get some video footage of me on the trail and got it this time using my camera. the only problem is that I had to place the camera below, then ride back up and then back down through that section. So, for the first 40 seconds, there's nothing to see and nothing I have will actually edit a MOV file created by my Nikon Coolpix (anyone figured that out?). Anyway, here is my 5 seconds of riding the trails...

Wasn't that so exciting? Rather anti-climatic, I know. Anyway, I can check that off now. When riding with friends stuff like that will be easier. I complete that portion of the trail when I got the park entrance to cross the road and transition to the 7 mile stretch of the advanced loop when this happened...

Fortunately, I found one of those little shelter for posting notices to get out of the rain. I waited there for about 15 minutes I think. I took off on the trail and realized this was going to be ugly. There were long puddles and you could simply not go more than 3-5mph or you got sprayed from the water all over. Over time the ground started to absorb the water and there were fewer puddles. At this point, I'm wet from rain, wet from sweating, wet and muddy from the water on the trail and decided to take a little break with a few views from around the area...




I pulled my wet shirt back on (thank God for polyester) and resumed down the trail. I was about 2/3 of the way at this point and found some other bikers on the trail (rather cute, I might add). As we started off again there was an uphill section with lots of roots. Rain, roots and an uphill are NOT your friend when mountain biking. Wet roots are very slippery and you will spin your tires on them or if you are in a turn you will fishtail or lose steering control. a long section of this came up and I was not in the right gear. As I tried to downshift and bounce over the roots, this happened...


Yep, I broke the chain. The link was destroyed. Fortunately I had a power link for just such an incident like this. I also learned how to use my chain breaker (I think that's the right name) as I needed to pop the pin out of the twisted link. So, I spent the next 10 minutes doing this...


Repairs are done and I resume my ride yet again. The humidity was stifling with the recent rain and I was started to dread very hill along my path. Eventually I emerged later and was amazed to see how much later it was. I was wet, muddy and exhausted. Got back home, cleaned off the entire bike (duh) and finally got to take a nice, long hot shower. My body was really worn out and can still feel it this morning. I think part of that was due to my body reacting to the slippery and wet weather and having to use different muscles to counter that.

Wow, what a day for me on my mountain bike. Never been in anything that muddy. I have been caught in the rain before (not so fun). My first chain break. I still don't regret it.


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Apr. 27th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! Naked bicycling!

Take it off!
Take it off!
Take it off!

Sound like you had a good time, anyway.
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Like I said, no regrets. I'm sure you would look sweet on a bike in the woods with no shirt on too. ;)
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
sounds like a pretty eventful day - lol. sorry ya got wet but it looked amazing :)
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
At least it was warm yesterday. The sun came out too so that did turn it somewhat into a steam bath.
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yay for rain! It got you show off that cute body. Damn you polyester shirt for drying off...we needed more shirtless shots *G*
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
There are a few more on flickr, so have a look. Thanks!
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
*runs to flickr* ;)
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Great post, Joe! The video turned out rather well. How are you feeling this morning? Hope you're not too sore this morning!

All here is fine and dandy. Been up since 6:30. They boys are fed, the bed made and I'm doing some of my domestic duties.

Catch up with you later...


Apr. 28th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
A little bit sore, but not too bad today. I was up at least when you woke up (my time anyway). :p
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Apr. 28th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm sure if we went together that would have motivated me to go earlier and we would have missed the rain then.
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
We need more shirtless biking photos, please. :-)
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
There are a few more on flickr, so have it. :)
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Apr. 28th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Yes, that would have been cute to have the animation.

As for the chain break, I've seen it happen too often with other people. It is one of the first things go wrong on a trail like this, so that's why I had that power link for just such a repair. Oh, yeah, I need to go get another one.
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Your readers are enjoying, certainly - both photos and text!
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Yep, and that's been pretty cool. This was more like a mega post to have multiple videos and photos. It takes awhile to put all of this together!
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Absolutely ... it isn't a casual effort, but know tnat it's appreciated!
Apr. 27th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! Looks like a good day out. And I loved the pics and the videos. I usually edit my video using Sony Vegas. Pretty easy to use.

And I probably don't need to say which picture I love the best. Inviting. :)
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Sony Vegas? Not familiar with that (remember I'm in a Mac here).

I was really surprised that QT could play the video, but iMovie and Final Cut could not even import it. That was really weird.

Yes, we do seem to be all about inviting pictures this weekend. :p
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Inviting is nice! :)
Apr. 27th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I still have the same 10-speed from when I was 13 years old. Yep. A heavy, steel Ross. I had it completely overhauled before I moved here from NYC 4-1/2 years ago, and I think I've ridden it no more than 5 times since then. Ugh.

I don't think I could bike challenging trails and distances but I need to get on that thing again and just bike around town to get the barest minimum of exercise ... writing this as I eat Sesame Chicken.
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Biking for me is one of the best forms of exercise around. You use a lot of muscles--not just your legs. Sure, your bike may be heavy, but that just adds to the workout. :)

This trail I did today I could do in about 90 minutes with it being dry and a normal temperature. I've even been on this trail at night (with a bright headlight, of course).
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Woof! More videos of you in the woods please;-) Sweet video of you on YouTube:)

Edited at 2008-04-29 12:53 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
First time comment here. You must be a hard-core mountain biker! LOL. It is not that easy to enjoy the muddy biking trail when it is pouring.
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