Friday - Got started a bit late and took too long to pack/get ready. Giant's lack of Rosemary also was a major setback. Forgetting skewers for grilling also set back my food plan a bit. GPS/DATA failing also set me back and I apparently went a very back way to get from 48/55 to 50. Oh well. Got to Davis around 3:30 and decided to skip riding, fully unpack and drink a beer. Camp was set by 5:00 and hunger games had set in. I was off to battle at Hellbender Burrito's. Damn good. Enjoyed a Mountain State IPA and the Hellbender Burrito. Saw a bunch of folks intown and stopped to shoot the breeze, perhaps my favorite part of this trip was running into people around Davis and Thomas hanging out.
Back to camp and the drinking games were on. Lots of beer later and chatting with everyone went to bed around 11:30 I think. Too much beer and water apparently, I'm up every hour or two to increase the flow of the river. And then the Winds of Hell start. Trees shaking furiously and Bikenetic decides to getup at 2 to 4 and have a wind party. ugh. Finally ended up getting some sleep maybe 4 hours. It did warm up though as the winds brought in a small cloud system.
Up early at 8 and ready to go for the day with oatmeal and cocoa already fueling the insanity. Went up to check out the breakfast pizza's from Siranni's and it was awesome! At least the meat-za's were. Yum. 2 Slices later I go and chat with others till the 10'am photo call. Gotta check the headband for proper positioning and such.
And we were off to Blackwater Bikes to meet up and get the rides together. Well the issue was supply and demand. Everyone almost wanted to do the moderate ride, I think they had 40 people riding at least. Sue Haywood's faster ride had a fair number also I think 15 or so people also. The kids ride had 3 or 4 adults and probably 10 kids so that was a great group.
We took off and hit a traffic jam waiting to enter the single track and this was after about half the group got going.
So by the first major intersection it was obvious we needed 2 groups. Hell we really needed 3, we just didn't have leaders. So I volunteered to run with a pair of ladies who wanted a more casual pace and we went off to explore. We went up and hit the Trials Rd trails, then Jo's Shunt I think then we hit Rock Shox Red. Damn fun, till you hit what was labeled purple on the map. Then it was a suck fest for the 2 ladies, some shed worth rocks for sure. Did ok. Not awesome myself.
At the end of that we met up with the original group. Teresa the leader was just coming up the trail from Hoodoo/etc as I waited. Got to ask everyone what took them so long....hahaha.
Got a few photo's myself along the way but none with people turned out. Oh well. My camera is not made for action shots. We eventually opted to reverse our route, do a section of Trials we hadn't done then take white back. Ended up with about 14 gps miles back to the campground. Strange weather day started of overcast. Then bits of rain. Then sun. Then MORE rain. Then sun most of the rest of the way back.
Then it was on to prep'ing for the potluck but thats going to be in part 2. I want to upload my photo's now.
The above photo's come from a mix of Todd B, Joel G and Jason Miller. This shot from Todd Bauer though sums up my Saturday.
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