we were SO there

Yup. BeanFeSSt 2009: We were SO there... and yet, we somehow SO missed it (it being Everyone else who showed).

Ed and I got a nice, cozy late start to the bitterly cold day. Oatmeal. Coffee. Snuggles with Kitty.

By the time we piled on the woolies and loaded up the ponies, it was a whopping 30 degrees out, and visibility was next to nothing.

That's ok tho. BC likes rowdy weather, and I don't think that Paul has held a single BeanFeSSt with weather any different: usually colder (or downright frrreezing), whiter, and/or wetter than people would otherwise ride in.

We showed up an hour late, guessing that the crew would start riding about an hour late. We passed CalGone's Bat Mobile parked down low, and pulled into the BeanFeSSt Grounds up high. Sure enough, there were a number of crusaders wearing off their hangovers in their cozies around the fire. And, sure enough, CalGone had blasted through, saw the pre-ride carnage, and kept riding. And sure enough, the rest of the crew blasted off about 20 minutes before we got there. Perfect timing!

So Ed and I set out on our own 20 mile snow ride in celebration of our '4-year having MET anniversary'. Yup, that is right. We originally met at the BeanFeSSt 4 years ago!

The trails were wonderful. The dirt was amber-colored against the white snow. The sections in the trees held more snow than the wide-open spaces. The trees were holding snow, and as still as could be. We even got to ride some really fun SnowSingleTrack. That is the first of the season for me. It was lovely, and very playful.

I thought we might catch up to the crew. But, no such luck. Ed had his camera, and it was far too beautiful with the snow, the dirt, the trees, the smiles... to pass up picture taking! And, from the wild set of tracks we were following, it looked like the group had split a few times in different directions. We ended up having the entire place to ourselves and didn't run into a single soul!

Upon arriving back up at BeanFeSSt Grounds, we were a bit surprised to find that.....drum-roll..... everyone had already left! (Except for SSpike, of course... because I told him he better linger that sorry, hung-over *** of his there til we got back!! ... and Joe, and a couple others) BOOOOO!!! Apparently we really missed out on the festivities from the night before (thank god). It sounds like the Hearty Souls all rode with serious headaches ... got back to the Grounds, and immediately blasted off for home? Or, it could be that Ed and I were just slow. So be it, I guess. But I gotta say: I was really looking forward to seeing some of our FeSStyFolks!!!

Hope everyone had as spectacular a ride as Ed and I did. Did you hear us hootin' and hollerin' from across the valley? I thought you might ;-)

Alrighty then. We'll try and be a little more on time for the SSnowRide next year ;-)



Sonya said...

You are so fast that you're a blur!

Anonymous said...

Nice socks!!!

U two are Sooo Lazy ;)

TVC15 said...

Great write up, great photos!! Especially the last one -- fantastic!! It's now my desktop! :)

Itty Bitty Betty said...

I remember that Bean FeSSt when you and Ed Met! You were completely ROCKING it on that SS dirt jump bike. That was another cold and precip-filled day! I couldn't believe you wore shorts then, just like I can't believe you wore them yesterday!! Jesper and I bailed on the entire ride and went for a hike with the pupper instead.

Dave Byers said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your Met-4-years-ago anniversary.
I LOVE the last pic in your post and I hope to ride some snowy singletrack myself in the next few days.

Sandblogger said...

All you lucky dogs out there riding bikes... not fair I tell ya. Not fair...

The lights are charged once again, so I guess it's time for my winter night assaults.

JenyJo said...

Ede took some absolutely incredible pix yesterday ... i'm excitedly awaiting his posts!!!!


JenyJo said...

Ede took some absolutely incredible pix yesterday ... i'm excitedly awaiting his posts!!!!


Pablo said...

Sorry I missed you guys. And, yeah, the morning after carnage may have had something to do with that.

Kevin aka. PBR said...

Sorry we missed you! I thought i was the last one in as they were about to head out. I joined on quickly and yes a split or two did occur. I drove through the rain, snow, sleet, fog, uphill the whole way---ok it wasnt that bad but i busted ass to get there and i wasnt hungover! A first for me at beanFeSSt! SO i was ridin!! a few joined in and there were a few camera stops but mainly kept moving to stay warm, That climg up shinglemill felt o so good to warm the hands and feet! Quick beer and on to watch my son play hockey! cold t.i.t.s. night rides coming soon!

JORDI said...

congratulations from Barcelona (Spain).I've never seen a blog like this. Good pictures, good videos,and nice bikers. excuse me for my bad english.
Our blog is jabalibikers.blogspot.com ,but right now,i'm a little bit ill and can not publish adventures.
see you.