Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Back at it on the Fat-Ti at Bloomer

Great 14 miles at Bloomer after 3 weeks of riding. Mostly all dry and fast the 64 degrees and light until 8pm. Great to be back on the Lou and Buds.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hatteras OBX Trip Finale 2017

Day 7: 7/7 sailing everyday! Friday 12m and Duke from 1-2:30 with NE/ENE 15. Some fun racing up and down but nothing like yesterday with downwinder. Sun and 73. Great trip - best yet - warmer and windier than all the forecasts. Got believe that the thermals in afternoon delivered. Great Grouper dinner with the boys from Liquid Rush. Next year hopefully we are in Avon!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hatteras OBX Trip Part 2 2017

Day 4: Back to JR for more 20-35 SSW thermals and after saying we should bring everything I leave the 7m back at house! Overall 9m worked well on Duke and Mako with best sound swell I've ever ridden curling 2-4' way way out. Sun and 40+ people out. Stayed away from inside crowds and had a ball way out. Dinner at Outer Banks Brewing!

Day 5: Should have gone back to JR. Scooped out ocean and Rodanthe pier and one guy out looking underpowered - too bad too because shorebreak looked doable. Morning fail at Salvo to try for downie to house with Bob Craig and I. Light 11-14 flow not enough to kite much less try anything. Back at house though it's up 15-20 for fun day on the Duke with 12. 3-4 hours out erases the AM but JR would have been 9. Home Dinner with Boys Pizza and Pasta.

Day 6: NNE 20-30 Strong flow for almost 9 hours on 9M! Sun again and great PM downwinder in an hour to Salvo. Great full day on surfboard with 100+ jibes wearing the harness line down to nothing. Highlight sail day at house. Dinner Watermans rare burger with crabmeat topper. We should go here more!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hatteras OBX Part 1 2017

Day 1. Saturday early arrival pays off with solid 18-22 SSW on the 12s! Over but 1pm bit great AM session to start trip. Top Dog dinner.

Day 2. Core 17m LW. Thanks Bob. Got out for about 40 minutes in 11-13 SW. But 2/2. Stingrays dinner.

Day 3. Nothing in forecast but her comes SW thermal at jockeys ridge at 2pm! 18-25 G 28! Awesome sound waves and flats too! 12 lit!! Didn't bring the 9!!! But it works. Sun and Larry and Deb say hitting there when we arrived. Sam and Omies Flounder Dinner!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

River Bends Hard Thin Snow - thanks DST

Quick one on the Fat-Ti with perfect 6psi for unreal grip on the Lou and Bud. 6pm 31 degrees and sun thanks to DST. Good 80% dry thin snow pack - the other 20% no so great. 2 Loops for 10 miles.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Highland ABCD killer long but 80% dry

Really long one with JB. 2:40 on trail with 30 minutes rest. Mostly dry but bike still loaded with mud and ice - thank you spray car wash after! Sunny and 30 degrees with tires at 12psi. Right pressure for mostly dry trail. Bombing DH sections at mostly full speed too. Next week we try something a little more speedy. Thought early on no problem riding this at a good pace but: Highland wins again.

Monday, February 27, 2017

HI So Good 7m starts 2017

Woo 9m and 42 degrees to start WSW 20-25 first 2 hours turned 30+++ by noon and snow with 30-35 degrees. So powered on the Duke but it worked with 7m switch pulling like crazy. Kuban, Keith and I for most of day has it to ourselves. So happy I moved down to 7 as it was gusting to 35-40 by 2pm with others having to be held down. Great start with 5 hours kiting. Alleve and ordering 7mm gloves - the 5mm only work to 40's.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bloomer worth the ride!

Wet and soggy was the guess with Rain days before and 35 degrees. Not worth driving anywhere right? So let's bike to Bloomer. Mostly dry getting there except for final wet 1/4 mile into back park entrance. Very icy on main trails in from all the walkers. Go and check the singletrack?--- it's 80% dry and still frozen. Booya we ride. Really good 2 upper rim loops with hardly any mud. Even the normal dirt/mud off camber trail was dry. Totally worthy near 20 miles and 2 hours. And had the tires at a very hard 12psi which seemed to even work well on trail. The Lou and Bud Surly's are the bomb. 35 degrees worked out this time-get it while you can.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Yuge Day! 2 MTB and SnowKite

9am and 15 degrees. Great big exhausting day starting at Highland. Took a chance going to Highland and sort of paid off as to the trail being dry 2-3" powder packed. Started on A and there was probably 10-12" of riding track - very grippy with tires at 5/6psi Surly Lou and Buds. Next on to B section - now the track is a very narrow 6-10" and tons of hills and downs. Made it up most all the hills but literally in top two granny gears for everything with the thick snow. I get to C trail crossing and no one has ridden it and all roads lead to B cut-off. Going that way out and thru to the A trailhead is fast and miraculously fall free. An hour and twenty minutes to go 6.2 miles very slow but that's snow biking. 11am and off to Pontiac figuring a lot of fat bikes have ridden there and it will be nice second ride.... but only 2 fatties had ridden it. Even more snow and tough riding blazing my own path through 3" of powder most of the time. 4 miles in 40 miles and exhaustion makes me bail at the halfway point and ride back 2 miles on the road. Everyone must be riding Island lake and Maybury?...

1pm and TJ at Cass rigging 13 = time to snowkite. I packed early in AM and decided to only bring 12 and not the 9m.... however all the kites look alike and I grabbed the 9 and not the 12... didn't realize this until I was packing the kite at 5pm to leave! Winds were S 10-15 and the lake was powder coated with 1-3" over 80% of surface. Somehow the 9 worked even though I had about dozen times where there were dead holes and the kite fell out of the sky. Got top speed of 24mph and logged over 30 miles in 2.5 hours. Really fun and only one fall trying to jump and spin. Wearing waist harness in place of seat hate the jumping aspect of not sitting down while getting lifted, seat to tight fit in ski clothes. All done by 5pm with legs fully toasted from doing all the work. Alleve and beer, beer, beer.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Count it at Milford.

Highland was ice city at 9:30 so JB and I drove 4 miles south to ride a mostly 80% ice free flowy singletrack. First time for JB and really slow 5mph pace but you know the potential here once you hit the dry sections. Fun morning that didn't feel like 11 miles and better with beers at Drawing Table Brewery.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Big Day at Is. Lk. and Milford at 12 degrees

3 hours and nearly 25 miles and very cold... perfection with 5/6 PSI on the the new Surly Lou and Bud tires. Island Lake with lite snow and about 70% ice was still fine without studs and low PSI - really fun and I wanted more... so off to Milford for 2 more loops which were even better with frozen dirt = slickrock. Great grip and really pretty fast. Loved this 5 mile single track - its small but has good flow and lots os tech sections and up and downs. Must do this combo again soon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mabury Iceman Muddth

Cold and muddy Monday ride at Maybury. Probably the longest ride in the shortest distance very icy and snowy 80% coverage on the single track at Maybury. Very few people out 40° temperatures and hopefully the last time out on the snowshoe tires. Still a very enjoyable hour plus on the trails not enough time to do a second loop. Love the winter riding even when it's treacherous ice and a little bit of mud. Finish right off by going to the car wash to spray the bike down.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Back and right over to Tree Farm

Great 10 miles while slow on 30% snow / 30% ice / 30% dry / 10% mud. Sunny late afternoon and 40 degrees with hot hands in the moose mitts. More goodness tomorrow before the rain. With tires at 8/9 PSI perfection in rolling and grip.