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Awesome Sunday ride

Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by JonathanGennick, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. JonathanGennick

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    Almost had a bummer of a weekend, but in the end it turned out ok. Saturday here in Munising looked to be a good riding day. Tried to get a friend to go in the afternoon. He asked to do an in-the-dark-ride instead. I canceled my afternoon ride in favor of an evening ride, and then he never showed up. Bummer! I did not really want to go out riding in the dark by myself, so I lost the day.

    Sunday morning I woke up to "snain" (snow mixed with rain). It was miserably cold and wet, and there was just enough of the white stuff to cover the ground. And all morning it just kept on coming down, this yucky, wet, sort-of-snow-sort-of-rain.

    But in the afternoon, the, uh, precipitation let up, so I decided to go for it. Pounded my way up St. Martin's hill, hopped onto the local trail system, and away I went.

    What an awesome ride!

    Parts of the trail had snow, parts were clear, parts were muddy, parts were sandy. I had pic-up truck ruts to fight through, mud puddles to dodge (or try to plow through), and etc.

    It was very windy. On unsheltered parts of the trail, I was too cold without my windbreaker on. On other parts of the trail, I was too hot with my windbreaker on. Took it off for awhile. Put it on for awhile. Every time the trail turned, it seemed that I wanted to change my attire.

    I was "sort of" aiming for a small lake shown on my topo map, but I was too lazy to stop frequently, pull the map from my pack, and check my location, so I mostly just guessed (trails are a maze out there). I missed the lake, but I discovered a path I didn't know of to the power lines, and from there another path I hadn't know about took me out to the highway, so it was all good.

    Oh, and, upon reaching the highway it began to rain on me for the ride home. But I made it in time for dinner, which was important because my wife had cooked up a nice, tasty roast beef.

    I arrived home pretty much totally soaked with sweat and rain, but had a great dinner and parked in front of the T.V. with my son for the rest of the evening. Isn't that what it's all about?
     
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  2. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Inclimate weather doesn't have to stop a good ride from taking place.:thumb:
     
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  3. WarEagle2K

    WarEagle2K Chimp

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    Never die...Good to go no matter what. Doesn't it piss you off when people don't show. It doesn't bother me if they say no, but when someone says they will be there and then doesn't show, it pisses me off.
     
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  4. JonathanGennick

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    I was a bit peeved, yes. But this was a 14-year-old and his 16-year-old brother. I guess I don't expect rock-solid reliability from teenagers. Next time though, I will just go, and if they want to ride w/me, then fine, but I will think twice before holding up my plans for them again.

    They are both fun to ride with though. And taking them is a great way to get use out of my extra bikes, helmets, and lights. The three of us did a 28 mile ride together this past September, around Grand Island, and a couple of us have done the night-rider thing before. Heh. Two of us even did this one ride awhile back that included a 1/4 mile bushwack through some very thick and ravine-filled woods. We had great fun at that, hauling our bikes on foot through the trees hoping to intercept an old logging trail shown on a 30-year-map. We hit it too, an overgrown mess of waist high brush that was hard at first to discern as a trail, though we managed to ride it.
     
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