Monday, June 25, 2012

Putting the F U in Fun

In recent weeks, I have been pretty much just doing my own thing as far as riding goes. I guess I have been somewhat non-commital which seems to be going around in the riding circles as of late. I hadnt ridden with Tim much since leaving Sedona so when he threw out the idea of playing in Fort Valley, I couldnt resist the temptation. It would be a gruelling 4 miles section of trail known as "Jawbone," for its jagged appearance. I had ridden this section of trail 3 times heading Northbound during my attempts on the Ring, but never tried it Southbound until yesterday. Chock full of chunck and steep punches, this trail is enough to blow up the strongest of arms, and frustrate the most patient of temperments. Even the "sidewalk" sections are rough and one needs to settle in, relax, not fight the bike. "Relax-iclyling," is the name of the game. These days I am switching between two packs and forgot to check to make sure I had what I needed onboard on pinch flatted a tire. I tried my glue trick, but  the Stans juice in the tire had all but dried up, so I couldnt make it seal, which means I had to put one of those archaic items called an "inner tube" in, borrow a pump and give myself some penalty PSIs making the trail even rougher. such is life. Anywho, I have been practicing with the new toy a bit and here is what I came up with this week...  


There were some steep punches before getting on the ridge...


Preston ramps up through the gnar...


Spidey's Wormhole...




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tour de Fat

This blog has been sorely neglected over the past few months. I have been off on local expeditions and doing a lot of solo rides, so photo ops have been few and far between. With purchase of a new dslr and many fun events to come, I am sure the ol' blog will be getting some much needed love here in the near future. This weekend was the Tour de Fat in DC which was fan-friggin'-tastic! I had no idea what to expect going into it but it was good fun. Met some great people, lots of side show acts and carnie folk running about. Then Sunday was a hangover ride of sorts with Wooten where we hit my backyard trails. I wanted to introduce him to the area and he was eager to get some video. He caught me going ass over tea kettle into the Blackberries before busting my snot box on the rocks. Video will surface in the next couple days Im sure. Anyway, here are a few images...






I am usually not into ladies that are taller than me, but there are exceptions to every rule...



Bike pit action...



A carnie surveys the damage...