Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Settling Fog

I got several emails last night about people riding in Fredrick this morning with 3 rides leaving within 30 minutes of each other. I decided to leave my options open. I met with Pat and Poz at 8:10 and we headed out to ride some new stuff off fishing Creek Road before going over to Sand Flats to get a tour of some stuff built in the past couple of weeks. The morning was heavily fogged due to the rain that had been falling on and off for the past 24 hours, but things cleared up for a while once we started to ride. We were pressed for time after hitting some of the old drop trails and Hell Hill so we opted to ride road over to Sand Flats where our group became 14 strong. We were shown some fun new stuff: The One Eyed Viper, The Pit and one that I am going to refer to as Teepees and Wigwams. The One Eyed Viper was flowy and fun with a couple of technical sections, but I could see the fog was once again settling down when I heard Jimmy P. (aka Cracked Corn) yelling about how he saw a dinosaur along the trail. I was picturing the T. Rex from that cartoon movie saying "I have a big head a little arms," showing us the way. Anyway, we got turned around several times which always signifies the beginning of an adventure. The Viper dumps into The Pit and then drops into Rock Candy where we began climbing Salamander which we had ridden both ways during the day. This took us to Teetees and Wigwams which would drop us off around the top of Iceburg. Our group was slowly dissintegrating and we were down to 6 on our way to the 'Burg where the dinosaur pointed us in the wrong direction once again and the fog and rain returned so we packed it in for the day. As usual, I was having too much fun in the flowy sections to be bothered to stop and capture the action. Im tired, and burnt so lets just skip to the images.

The place to be...



Hammer time to meet the group...



A rider exits the fog on Salamander...



For the most part the group rolled well together...



In search of the One Eyed Viper...




Jimmy P. after the T. Rex sighting...



Diving into a pit along The Pit...



The climb up Salamander...



Poz tip-toes through some wet rocks on Teepees and Wigwams...



Past the point of no return...



Matty takes his turn in this sequence...











The fog and rain return...

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