Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Like 70's Bush...


As of late, the P-Ride crew has fewer followers than Harold Camping. I’ll blame it on the recent deluge of crap weather so the no-show’s have a better excuse than knitting class or water ballet. But the few, the proud, the dirtbags who did show for an evening of adventure got just that… and a good case of blistering flesh.
The Silent Killer, Handleballs, Maxithad, The Rookie and I all left port and sailed into the mysterious realm of the unknown – at least unknown to some and not very known to others. Our warm-up of asphalt hills left us weakened, but determined to push-on as we toured the realm of The Deep, where Handleballs performed a test of skill and more importantly; brake compliance (as seen in the low quality video below). 
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We carried onward, through much tall grass and itch weed, eventually leading us miles later to ditch weed. We took this as a sure sign that we had indeed found what we were looking for; stinky good, dope trail. 
 As our train of fools meandered through the jungle on a maze of ripping fast singletrack laced with dips and climbs and dead whores, we enjoyed views of the muddy river and rednecks doing stunts in a nearby field. Instead of ‘Car Back’, I heard ‘Poison Ivy’ yelled more times than Madonna lost her virginity in 1984. Not only did we get to witness a splendid show of white trash foolery, but once engaged, we were filled with local folklore of abandoned Buses left to rust in the river and police chases through cornfields. I can't forget to mention The Silent Killers attempt at stardom when he used his 29er single speed as a mud-run guinea pig.
 The long haul home on wide singletrack took us up many-a-long climb, and finally back to the Pirates lair where with swollen legs and flesh itching like mad, hops were drank and fishing stories told.  
 The Tuesday night P-Ride is all about adventure and having a good and totally unexpected time in the saddle. For the 472nd* ride in a row, we were NOT able to stick to the planned two-ish-hour time frame, but reeled-in a solid three hours of heavy bushwhacking
Maybe next week we can get some footage of Maxithad blazing sandbars on his Fat Bike, which he's totally been non-stop obsessing over. Until then...It's time to start thinking hard about THIS, a week from Saturday!

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