Ian had gone out partying the night before and was feeling it. I had stayed up pretty late also. So did Zach. Mike had camped the night before. To the contrary Rich, Jerry, and Todd looked like they had been living very clean, rested, and sober lives and Rich was antsy to get going.
The route for the day: Cove Creek->225 connector->225->Daniel connector->Daniel->475->5095->Long Branch->475->Cathy's Creek->Wormhole->471D->Butter->Cat
Butter opened just last week and it seems many people had been taking advantage of the renewed Pisgah inventory. We crossed paths with three other rider groups and easily a dozen hikers. Along the way Mike had his worst crash of the year. He slammed into a tree after his hands slipped off the bars.