Saturday, January 23, 2010

Squirrel Gap is in fine shape right now....

It's wet, slick, technical, treacherous, challenging, and oh so much fun, too. DjD, Sophiedog, and I got out there today for an out-and-back on Squirrel to/from Cantrell.

Temps were in the high 30's and we were riding in a cloud the entire day.

The ride really started while still in the Jeep headed to Turkey Pen trail. The road is in very bad shape right now. I was surprised that thee were even non-4x4 vehicles in the parking lot at all. We took the singletrack down and I just about busted my ass right out of the box. Even right there the trail was slicker than snot. The only real snow left over after the warmish days was at the bridge over S.Mills. Up Mullinax to Squirrel was a great warm-up and Squirrel was as technical as ever.

The wetness was unforgiving. Roots were slicker than usual. Rocks had a slime that would send you down in a heartbeat. Needless to say it was slow going all the way to Cantrell. The only breaks we took were at the gap and at Cantrell.

Oh, and I had a nice high-side-digger on the way to our turn around point. By the end of the day DjD went down a couple of times, too. On our way back we ran into a pair of hikers then my old friend Dennis H. and his crew...

on what was presumably a much much much faster ride than the one we were on. No rest at the gap, just ass hauling down to Pounding Mill, then down to Laurel Creek, Mullinax, and S.Mills, back to the bridge in record time since DjD had to get back to Asheville. Great ride Dennis. Thanks for coming out.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

run club.

Same as yesterday but reverse route and with Sophiedog
3 mi 250'
39* with a steady rain

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

run club

3 miles, 250' climbing. Hanover->State->Wellington->Haywood->State->Hanover

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

run club.

West Asheville is perfect for running. Back on my feet again for the first time in about a year.
2 miles 160' climbing.
gotta start somewhere.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

First (bike) ride of 2010!

Mike B. and I got out for an excellent winter ride today: Wash Creek->Trace Ridge->Spencer Branch->NER->Fletcher Creek->Reservoir Rd.

Mike, Here are the links I promised: Charlie the Unicorn , Syd Barrett's Accountant , and Videogioco.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Zoe Roselee Wever

Hey there everybody! I've been off the bike for almost a month now. Why? Well, I made a deal with Erinna that I would stay close by for the last number of weeks (i.e. not out in the woods) because the birth of our first baby was imminent. Now, riding can slowly come back onto the radar over the next couple of weeks because I present to the world our baby Zoe:

Born January 7, 2010 at 10:22pm. 7.2 lbs, 20 inches.
So tell me again, how tall do you need to be to ride a 29er? 2'?