…and if we ever get another weekend like this last one… I’ll do it again!
Yes, I’m sore.
Yes, I’m tired.
No. Not one regret.
After Saturday’s euphoria settled in I just had to see if it would last one more day. I packed up the bike and headed back to Rock Bridge for round two. I decided to stop at another trailhead because the map made it look like there was a bigger loop I could hit that would join up with the ones I did yesterday. But since I had never done this loop I decided to run it first. What I found was another spectacular (albeit leaf obscured) trail that wound through the woods in Rock Bridge. After several missed turns I managed to find my way back to the car. I was tired, but satisfied that I could ride the vast majority of this trail. The run was about 3 miles and although I was glad I did it to scout the trail, it took a lot out of me and I was tired when I got on the bike.
Nevertheless, on a day so spectacular for November, they were going to have to drag me off the trail kicking and screaming… I was here to play and I brought all my toys with me. The ride was surreal. I saw 5 people on the trail in an hour of riding. I knew 4 of them. I rode roughly 8 miles (no GPS so I’m not sure) of which, about 100 yards was hike-a-bike (less if I was a better rider!). Really the essence of mountain biking. Lots of ups, downs, bumps, mud, water, leaves, rocks, critters, even a couple of downed trees to navigate. I went back down the trail I had run until it split and went off toward some of the trails I ran/rode yesterday. Then I crawled back over those for a while, just exploring and trying to remember what mountain biking was supposed to feel like. I would have bursts of getting it all right and climbing stuff I didn’t think I could. Followed immediately by nearly crashing due to lack of control or inattention to technique. This will be the way of things for a while, which is cool. It’s all fun and exciting and new again.
I got back to the car completely exhausted, but happy. Then I went home and made the first batch of beer I have attempted in 12 years. Finished up the day with friends, Guinness and a game of Munchkin. Next weekend is going to have to really be something special to beat this one.