An entire week in one post!
Well it's been a week since the last post, and a lot has gone on. First last Tuesday Katie and I took the dogs to Chubb for another loaded hike. We ended up hiking 4.5mi in 1:20, and the trail was in pretty good shape. It was nice to see these signs along the trail at the various technical spots.
Whatever happened to wanting to ride the entire trail the way it was built?! The first time I rode Chubb it was 1995, I was dropped off at the West Tyson side and picked up from the Lone Elk side 4hrs later! I walked pretty much 70% of the trail that day, but that is what keep me coming back all these years. Chubb taught me how to mountain bike, and when I see all these assholes efforts cutting the trail and dumbing it down it really pisses me off. The entire trail is 100% rideable, I know, becuase I have(and seen others) ride it all. It is still always a challenge, and I have gone years without making a section that I have cleaned a dozen times before. I took a rest day on Wednesday, but was back at it Thursday with a 25mi road ride which included two stops one at my Mom's to help my Bro build up his newly upgraded 2008 Kona Unit 29er, and then a going away party for my old/new boss. Friday T-Tocs and I meet the ROBORTION at Castlewood for some hillbiking. This was my first real mtb ride of 2010, so I took it easy making sure all things back related were good to go. We saw this in the parking lot. Homemade 2010 Kona Unit Belt Drive SS!!!
Rich(I think that was his name) the owner/creator of this beast!
Pretty cool, and I will be sending these pics to our Kona rep for sure. I am sure this is the only belt drive Kona out there, so we may see this thing on the Kona COG! On Saturday after work I packed the car for a trip down south. Katie was having a ladies night, so I was heading out for a solo trip on the Middlefork.
I ended hiking out about 5mi before setting up camp.
The trail is great for night hiking, and I had a great evening sleeping in my hammock just looking at all the stars in the sky. Spending the night in the woods alone is something eveyone should do at least once. It is really a great experience, but I still prefer being with Katie and the dogs. The next morning I woke up at 6am and packed up camp and Hiked the 5mi back to the parking lot where I prepared my breakfast and was greeted by about 20 plus of Missouri's finest getting ready for a Middlefork group ride. I stayed to chat with them for a while, but I knew my back wasn't ready for a full fork ride.
I decided to take the MF to the Trace Creek/CBL connector trail. I did one lap of CBL and then took the connector back to the 32/DD lot. I ended up with just over 20mi ride/5mi hike for the day and made it to Dos Primos just in time for lunch! It was a pretty amazing week and the bike rode great with the exception of my one flat at CBL. I am looking at pretty much repeating last week this week, but with more time on the MTB in order to get myself ready for THIS!!!