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TrackDayRdr

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I rode HP ahead of the Wicked Ride tomorrow. Some of the trails were raked off, but the ones that weren't were treacherous. Dry, yes, but it seems like all the oak leaves dropped at once and not only did they obscure shark teeth and roots which led to some surprises, but run ups and offs at new-to-me obstacles were tough because you just couldn't see what was going on or where to go once you rolled down. Fall riding. Other than that the trails are as well marked as always and tomorrow looks to be dry which is the first time in years when it wasn't drowned out.

Anyone else riding the Wicked Ride tomorrow?
 

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Wicked Ride was mobbed which resulted in a battle of the over-achievers vs wanna-be's which was decided at each tech feature.

I rode 13 miles of raw, leaf covered trails on Saturday and expected lots of broken bones today, but by the time we started pedaling at 9:45 most of the leaf litter was crushed and the trails were completely different and 100% more rideable today than yesterday. Did a glorious 10 today. Over 23 for a November weekend!
 

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Wicked Ride was mobbed which resulted in a battle of the over-achievers vs wanna-be's which was decided at each tech feature.
Hard pass. Too many damned humans.

And before anyone says, "But wait - you're NEMBAfest staff!" True nuff, but I've had my hidey-hole at the Wildflower for when I've had enough humans.
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Now that Jim and Mary are selling the place... not sure what's going to happen. [shocked][frown]
 

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Anyone else riding the Wicked Ride tomorrow?
I rode about 16 miles of it with a large group. Beginning was pretty frustrating due to traffic jams and slipperiness. I've some had some intestinal issues for two weeks and I haven't been riding or eating much so I knew it was an overly ambitious undertaking. Around the 14 mile mark I went from feeling okay to sitting on the ground with both quads cramped up and I knew that trying to finish it was just going to be misery so I bailed and took the road back.
 

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This morning's ride started at Quillinan. I parked at the Rimmon lot, but figured I'd better take a ride down the fire road to the Beaver Street lot before heading into the interior. Sure enough: there was the pickup I'm pretty sure belongs to a bowhunter. I chose to yield the resource as not to disturb his hunt, and brought my stinky mountain-biking ass over to Rockhouse, instead.

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Speaking of, saw several deer, but they took off while I was trying to get the phone out of the pack. Big double-trunk blowdown across the trail - too big for the Katanaboy - just in from Rt 188 on Red/White. I was out that end mainly to see if I could see whereabouts on it they're bringing the new trail out. (No flags or tape - I'm sure on purpose to keep people off of it until it's reasonably close to finished.)
 

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I got this bit of goodness in the mail today - from a kickstarter that I joined about 18 months ago or so:

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Intent is to put it on my cross bike to better deal with some of the gravel, sand, off-road that i hit with that bike (but maybe an option for the road bike)
Not sure if I have run out of time to get out with it this year, but will make a go of it if I can.

I have had their suspension stem on the cross for a year or so and it has done wonders on absorbing the heavy vibration that often lead to numbness, itching, etc. in my hands if I am busting down stretches of rough roads/gravel/sand

The stem is well made and the seatpost looks to be well made as well
 

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Not even noon, and:
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and no end in sight, so gym in the morning it will be.

It's looking like it'll be consistently above freezing here until late in the week, anyway.
 

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Are you doing any of the NEMBA MA/NH turkey rides? There is one on Thanksgiving day and another (Turkey Burner?) on Dec 1. I'll be at both as long as the roads aren't salted. Once that happens I'm done until after April 15th.
 

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Are you doing any of the NEMBA MA/NH turkey rides? There is one on Thanksgiving day and another (Turkey Burner?) on Dec 1. I'll be at both as long as the roads aren't salted.
Central CT is also having two, one is Al's traditional Friday-after-T-day thing at Case:
and another somewhere in the southern end of the state (I'm waiting on the specifics - presumably it's also Friday). SEE BELOW.

Once that happens I'm done until after April 15th.
I'm gleefully awaiting:
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[grin]

Edit: Turkey Burner South will be at Rockland, unless for some reason Rockland's closed, then it will move to Stony Creek Quarry:
 
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Rockhouse is pretty even in dreary late November:

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Trails were fine this morning (and only mushy in the places that are always mushy). That said, someone rode there yesterday before it had a chance to dry from Sunday's big rain and left ruts. [frown][mg]
 

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If anyone is looking to take a trip south for Mtn biking. Mulberry Gap in Ellijah GA is pretty awesome. My buddy and I camped there last weekend. The Campground is a great facility and do a great breakfast and dinner. Camping was a little cold with the wet weather, but it was nice to be able to take a nice hot shower and grab a coffee to warm up. Riding is definitely backcountry type with a lot of climbing. Like 1hr of constant climbing. But the trails have nice flow to them and aren't very technical.

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George C. Waldo SP:
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Primo conditions this morning. Only thing really icy was the parking lot, just a few slick spots here and there. Given the warm weather moving in, it won't last.

Egregious little shortcut made by the hikers:
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I found a nice 30 mile route that looks like it might have another 20-30 miles of singletracks. It goes around a lake at a campground so it might be a perfect place to try out bikepacking. Anyone else try bikepacking?

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What's the coldest weather you have ridden in? Intentionally or unintentionally.
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(Pre-ride at Waldo 1/3/2018, and yes that's 0F.)


The morning I did this to the clip on my armor:
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I believe it was five degrees. That's why I leave the armor on now until after the ride home when riding in the cold.
 
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(Pre-ride at Waldo 1/3/2018, and yes that's 0F.)
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I got caught at altitude in Moab in May, it was 45 and rainy down below, but snowing and 25 on the mountain, not bad, but had 60 mph wind gusts come in. That was the coldest I ever was. That inlcudes all my winter hikes where it was 20 below sitting in a tent. I had the wrong clothes on.
 
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