Yup, totally exaggerating in the post title, but that's what the media has taught me to do!
(thread x-posted at Passion board, but this post is totally re-written for the locals!)
Had my first biking experience at the Fells yesterday afternoon. I had previously hiked there, and had moved only a couple miles from the Fells last August. Finally, with new mtbs, it was time to get out on the trails of our local jaunt.
I was returning to the sport after a five year hiatus. Prior to that, I wrote off-road exclusively, and pretty well. Certainly no racer. My wife was new to the sport. We just bought her a new bike (along with my own) and taken them on our honeymoon. When we got back from the honeymoon, same day we headed out to Great Brook Farm for some more riding. Two days and she was hooked, awesome! The eight years we were together, and it only took two rides? Damn, should have started sooner... these first 4 days of marriage were heaven!
Then came day 5. Her first day back to work. She works in the public schools, and thus we had to take only a couple days for our honeymoon (in lovely Maine) because she can't take any amount of time off that isn't a school vacation.
We arranged so that when she got home, I'd strap the bikes to the car, she'd change, and we'd be off to the Fells. The prior day we had to stop every 3 minutes at Great Brook to look at the map, since there were so many intersections. But they were all numbered, thankfully. Today's plan was to only use one trail, the Designated Mountain Bike Loop... and thus we wouldn't need any maps, nor stopping! It would be easy...
That's where we began our journey down... into disaster...
The story is much too long to post in the forum, but I have it up on my blog
Have a look, around each corner lies a new plot twist... would the marriage make it out of the park alive?
And, since I'm here, damn, I had no idea the MTB loop was so damn technical. Wish I had known that before I had gone. Not at all what I expected from a small, suburban park! Read the blog post for more, and of course, be sure to reply to the thread and call me a sissy for thinking it is hard, a dope for not having 5+inches of travel front and rear, and an asshat for dragging my wife along... because, really, it wouldn't be a forum without flames... And of course, animated smilies...
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