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How I spent my Saturday Morning....

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  1. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    This past Saturday, Jollytime came back to CT for a visit and we decided to hit Soapstone Mountain for a few hours of riding. I rode with JT and our friend Mike, non-monkey, and we explored some new trails out at Soapstone and also rode a few familiar ones. JT and Mike really rode great and I played the role of sweeper most of the day trying to keep up with the two of them - JT rockin his new Yeti 575 and Mike rockin a Heckler.

    Soapstone is aptly named and it took a toll on my Ted Wojcik - my bike was creaking and clanking a bit by the time I got back to the parking lot after about 2.5 hours on the trails.

    I left Laura's house at about 7:30 in the a.m and was able to see a few hot air balloons up in the sky - they were part of a local hot air balloon festival. The pic doesn't capture the beautiful colors of this balloon - cool stuff to see first thing in the a.m.



    After about an hours drive - I forgot how long it takes to ge to Soapstone - I hit the parking lot and got ready and we were off climbing a road up to the top of the mountain. From there we headed down some rocky singletrack and then explored some new trails to JT And Mike - some pretty cool stuff that will be even cooler once it gets bedded in some more.

    Then JT found this roller out of the corner of his eye and he had to circle back and hit it, so I caught it on film:



    It was a little steeper than it looks in the pic.

    We rode some more (the pace was fairly quick or maybe I'm just in ****ty shape) and then got a little lost but we found our way back to the good stuff real quick like.

    Here's JT riding a chute like a pro - this is harder than it looks and he just ate it right up on his new Yeti:



    As you can see, Soapstone has some pretty tough rocks - one of them decided to take a bite out of my Survival Pro rear tire. Youch!



    It was a super fun morning of riding and it was great to be out on the trails again with JT and with Mike too! I hadn't ridden with Mike in well over a year. He's a good rider and in very good shape and he really rode fast, as did JT.

    After the ride was over we just kind of hung out for a bit on a picnic table and talked bikes and stuff until Mrs. Jollytime came back to pick up the King of the Kingdom.

    All in all a great way to spend a Saturday morning! :thumb:
     

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  2. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    cool, maybe you saw splat in one of those balloons...? (i have no idea whether you two live even remotely close to each other)
     
  3. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I want to ride Soapstone. :(

    Cool pics, Mark. Glad to see JT enjoying his old stomping grounds.
     
  4. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Yep I think he had a blast!
     
  5. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Nice pics Mark!! I'll make it down there someday... :)
     
  6. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    nice pics ... looks like a lot of fun
     
  7. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    :D

    Actually, I believe Splat was up in Stowe, Mass. on his balloon ride.
     
  8. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    When are you and Mark coming up to 'Nam to ride? :confused:
     
  9. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    AHEM! :mumble:
     
  10. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    [hint]powerlines make your baloon picture not good[/hint]

    :)

    otherwise cool to see ya on the trails.....
     
  11. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    When are you, MBC, Mark, and his girlfriend coming up to 'Nam to ride? :confused:
     
  12. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    I took that pic from inside the Windstar so I couldn't avoid those power lines.
     
  13. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Hey !
    I recognoze that! the picture does it no justice ! it looks a lot tougher in person.

     
  14. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    ny, mass, what's the difference? :D new england is just a single state to us westerners heh
     
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    berkshire_rider Growler

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    :think: Didn't you recently graduate from college in Boston? NY part of New England?































    :D
     
  16. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    considering soapstone is in CT!!!
     
  17. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    hehe, just testing your memory/playing off western stereotypes. (yes. plus i spent the first 9 years of my life in nyc) :D
     
  18. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    Looks like a good time Mark :thumb:
     
  19. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    BETTER! :D
     
  20. jollytime

    jollytime King of the Kingdom

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    He did! He did! Nice shots Mark!

    It was a well needed ride on some rocky terrain. I have been super spoiled with the Kingdom trails and needed to get back to my roots! I am also starting to be at one with the Yeti!

    Mark, it was great to ride with you! I am stoked to see you, Laura, IAB and MBC at the Kingdom in a couple of weeks!
     
  21. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Splat and his wife will be there too !!! :cool: and looking forward too seeing you and lisa again as well.