3 days of excellent riding, 2 nights of great food and cold micro-brews with 150 friends.
got up there friday about noon, as I get close to camp I pass John and Ron shuttling up for a ride. I follow, park, change, and start pedaling toward rocks ridge. rode Rocks Ridge both directions and then met up with the rest of the NJ/NH crew that climbed up from camp. From there it was Rattling creek, doc smith, hopback, up fawn kill, and then a drive back to set up camp.
After some brews, the chili cook off went down, followed by some fine bottle trading. Heading back I hung with the "honda element" crew from Long Island, NY, with whom I sampled a bit of their sixtel of cask-conditioned stout. mmmmmm!
Then I stopped by and met some of the Lehigh Valley mountain bikers, very nice group of people there. We chatted a while and I sampled some Cabo Wabo. For some reason, I felt like I was ready to ride when I saw some bikers heading out to do the 9:30 night ride. I quickly changed and headed out too. I climbed up to the hang glider launch area, it was foggy, rainy and a bit cold, so I headed right back down. Friday ride total 25 mi. I don't quite remember going to bed that night, but I remember waking up a few times in my tent from the rain overnight.
Saturday....organized group rides headed out early to knock the water off the trailside undergrowth. My friends from Jersey and new friends from New Hampshire wanted an epic and wanted to ride it ALL! and I accepted the invite to lead this crew of 13 and the fun started at an early 11am. We climbed up Iron Mine, and proceded to hit every singletrack in the forest. By the time we finished up, did the high speed descent down Iron Mine, arrived back in camp at 5:30 to greeted by a nice cold Troegs from the beer trailer. ahhh, 33 miles makes the beer taste even better.
The chicken dinner followed and was excellent. Then the swag giveaway went down, which I got a nice handmade coffee mug. Then the band, wicker basket, set up and played some, uh, music. several campfires were visited, and a big bonfire in the middle kept the crowd warm.
Sunday...climbed up from camp to do the rocks ridge challenge. man, it was tough keeping breakfast down on that climb! My buddy Darin, showed up sunday morning to ride too and defend his title. We were both doing great on the rock challenges. There were 9 different sections to negotiate. We were both without a point until #7. There, I made my first and only mistake, I dab - but outside the line. Darin dabs two times but keeps in the lines. And with that, Darin won second year in a row, I was second place.
We then rode Wolfs Pond trail to finish and then back up to bomb down Iron Mine one more time.
my total for the weekend: 75 miles, 9 hours of ride time, some new friends, and a lot of good memories. Thank You Keith, Rick, Jill, and everyone who made this thing happen
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