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  1. #1
    King of the Barneys
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    Northern Hospitality

    Thanks, Formica...

    When I told Penny I'd be spending 4 or 5 days in Spokane with the family, she said let's try and get a ride in! Best thing I'd heard in a while, what with Boise trails covered in smoke. So Saturday morning rolls around when the old cell-leash rings, and it's Penny downstairs. What service!

    There she was parked in the valet area of the hotel with her King Kahona and her hubby's Stumpjumper on the roof. Yeehahh!. I'd been having a good time with the family, the convention, and the hotel on the river had a couple pools, lots of froofy, pampering, mind-numbing luxuries, but I needed to ride! I wanted to hurt, burn off all that restaurant food, to sweat, to make it happen on dirt.

    So I hopped in with my helmet and just 10 minutes away was the start of a vast spiderweb of trails throughout Riverside State Park. I ain't been there for almost 20yrs!

    We park in the woods that looks like the campgrounds of my youth, walk the bikes across the suspension brige, and head up this decent hill.

    I haven't ridden with Penny for a couple years, but it was good to see her again. Too bad her hubby was home all doped up after a shoulder surgery as he's a great guy to ride with, too. Guess an injury now n then goes with being one of the most adventurous white-water guys in the state...

    The woods are silent, dark and deep, and eventually she warns me of a loose gravelly climb. I love the test. On to the very rocky descent along the Spokane River, and I love that too. Like ridin the bull at Shorty's..! The Hub's Stumpjumper is light and maneuverable. Nose wheelies--no problem. Bunny-hops--never easier. I'm having some fun here, doods. So along the river, it really is rocky, and I slow down to dab, but love the setting.

    At one point, I musta been looking full of Jones, or sumthin, so she tells me to go ahead and cut loose, have at it, go for it, just don't cross the road, and we'll be ok. So I quickly hit cruising speed and altitude, whipping that race bike around and through the trees, just having too much fun. Forget about the don't-cross-the-road stuff, because, dood, there's this *****in gnarly ramp onto the road and I get about 3 feet of air and land almost on the other side!

    I've screwed up, so I wait for Penny, who says it doesn't matter, we're getting back later, anyway, but what the hey.. so away we go.

    Then out we go, rockin and rollin, the gal's keeping a good pace, as we try to chat now n then about trail maintenance, keeping the singletrack narrow, and so on. Come to a long, steeper than Kestrel-like climb (2nd picture) and I'm feeling fairly frisky so I take the mutha in the 2nd ring.

    She takes me on this nice little piece that she built, and it's really really cool. Not too tough, but doable with a little concentration, and I'm loving the technical features she's kept on the trail. Definitely an advanced piece of work. Good job, girl.

    Eventually wind our way back to the hanging bridge and its been a full circle of 12 mi or so, not dirty deeds done dirt cheap, but a good ride, done darn quick. back to the Hotel, and I'm late, but ya know? It's only rock and roll, but I like it...

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    May your trails be narrow, crooked, lonesome and dangerous, leading to the most outrageous adventures. Paladin

  2. #2
    just a man
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    Welcome back Cbro, glad you had a nice trip. Alaskans/Mirrors/Twilights.

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    Don't worry, be happy!
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    Jul 2004
    I"m thinking I need a Tour Guide Barbie outfit for these rides.

    happy to oblige, CBro...

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