sipping the nectar
ed, the new humming bird and i had a splendid weekend all the way around!
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saturday morning ed and i bolted down to salida to pick up the new pony. i highly recommend working with the stellar crew at Absolute Bikes there in town -- they are wonderful people, fan-freakin'-tastic bike mechanics and artists, and i worked with Shawn on the fit for a LONG time (no wonder my back has been hurting;-) i think he helped me through a number of position issues..... yeeehawww!
so we rode with tom and shawn saturday afternoon! they took us on some delightfully obscure, old 4x trail/tracks -- we hit a TON of rocks on some wickedly steep fun descent! it was a good way to re-orient to the 29'er-ness, the HT-ness and the new fit! i was surprised!!!
after a VERY satisfying ride with shawn and tom, we headed down to del note to spend the evening with gary and patti! gary had us up and ready for a solid ride early sunday morning. he took us up some valley and had us climbing for a solid 3,8oo' in the first 12 miles through pristine valleys, up through the dense forest, and towards-towards-towards the very high peaks that we were surrounded by. we got up above tree line for a while -- i swear, it is SO neat to ride up there above the trees in the midst of the huge mountains, cool air, big clouds.... it's just special.
then we got to descend for a solid 18 miles!!!!
so apparently i am going to have to check my speed at the door for a little while until i get used to the new position, and the new HT feel......... i must have bounced the rear end off of something while careening down through the valley and promptly face-planted into a rather large aspen tree. while nothing is broken, and i opted to not stitch up the chin, i was a bit worried there for a few minutes until i calmed down.
and yes..... yes the new pony is perfectly fine. i didn't even scratch her ;-) thank goodness.
we high-tailed it back to evergreen last night --- and i'm totally recovering today!
i owe my fancy new wheels to Ed and Mr. Magic Mike Curiak! I LOVE THEM! I owe the feedback and help in putting her together to Scot at Absolute.
Ok. Energy is back to normal. I'm no longer a lightning bolt. I'm a little tired now!