(updated: Apr 1, 2011)
Last weekend I was out in Brevard for the 2011 IMBA/SORBA Mountain Bike Summit. I had to go to the semi-annual board of directors meeting. That's about all I made it to. The other events...let's just say I couldn't get my act together. Yeah I was riding instead.
Friday the weather started out sunny then the clouds rolled in. Jake and I got there around 2:30pm and were riding by 3:30pm. Up Clawhammer to Black Mountain. All the way to the top of Black, then back down. Then up the fireroad to Grassy Rd to Sycamore. Sycamore has had a lot of work done so now you can ride it in either direction. It may be better to start from the entrance off of 276 now rather than the ranger station. We were finished around 8pm, and almost immediately after it started raining.
Saturday I went to the meeting which lasted a long time then afterward Jake and I went and climbed fireroads in the rain. We started at 4pm. We climbed FS477 up to the start of Bennett Gap, then all the way to 276, up to FS1206. Then back 276 to FS5041 to FS475B, at which point Jake and I split up and I made a mistake. It's just not enough to climb thousands of vertical feet in pouring rain. No I have to push it until my life is in danger. Ever see the movie 127 Hours? I'm kinda like that guy. We actually went to the same college, too.
So we split up and that's when I got a bit into trouble. It started raining really hard, some lightening and thunder, it got dark, and the temperature dropped. I had five layers of clothing on, including two jackets that were supposed to be waterproof, or so I thought. I had my winter waterproof shoes on. None of it helped. I was completely soaked, searching for the right road to take down, and starting to shiver. I had to stop and put on my light (thank god I brought it). When I finally made it to the fish hatchery, it was really cold and pouring down rain. I had miles to go, but luckily Jake came looking for me in the car. It was 8:30pm.
Now that's a ride, where you bite off more than you can chew and live to tell about it. Although that's not encouraging for anyone that rides with me. I push myself and others, just ask Jake. Jake's a good climber though...it was a lot of climbing, and my legs thanked me for it.
Now here's a few photos I took on Friday. No way I brought the camera on Sat. It would have been ruined. I'm still drying stuff out.
(Note the title of this post is a homage to Brad - I know he's the originator, and I liked it)
Jake overlooks Pisgah National Forest from Black Mountain.
Looking Glass Rock
Black Mountain trail
Jake and this other guy we met that was part of the National Mountain Bike Patrol. I forgot his name and I didn't get his email so I could send him a photo.
View south from Black Mountain.
View north from Black Mountain.
Black Mountain ridge, on the way to the top.
This part is painful, just ask Steve.
Greetings from Black Mountain, looking forward to the going down part.
1. Dynomite said...
Ah man, would have loved to meet up and ride with you guys...
Apr 4, 2011 @ 11:24 AM
2. Sir Hikes a Lot said...
Riding with Sir Bikes-a-Lot is always an adventure. I thought my shifters weren't working, my fingers were too numb to push them. Anyway, I got what I was looking for: a lot of time in the saddle at Pisgah and someone to cover my back. Thanks.
Apr 11, 2011 @ 2:00 PM
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