Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Best Ride Ever

Last night the skiing was crap, so Paul and I decided it was a good idea to ride our bikes instead. The rainy thaw on Monday combined with the freeze on Tuesday made for excellent riding conditions. It was my third snowy ride of the season and by far the best.

Introducing Crazy Paul

On an undisclosed trail in an undisclosed park, we climbed and climbed until we reached the top. That's when the fun began. The trail was hard packed from the many generous snowshoers who unknowingly created the ultimate singletrack. It was swoopy and fast just like Albion Hills. For the last downhilly section, I focused on hanging onto Paul's wheel going as fast as I could. Weeee!

However, the reward wasn't without risk. If you lost concentration for a second and veered off the trail even an inch, your tire would sink to the hub and you'd superman over the bars landing with a thud on the hard trail ahead. Between the two of us we must have endo'ed half a dozen times, many times at high speed. But that didn't dampen our spirits. We just picked ourselves up and happily jumped back on our bikes ready for more.

One happy Vagabond!

We finished the ride with big stupid grins, high on endorphins. When I went to bed last night, I replayed the ride helmet-cam style over and over. So much fun! Wish you Big Ringers could have been there too.


the original big ring said...

Crazy Paul looks crazy - wicked.

SOunds like fun.

But I don't know what you are talking about - I skied Tuesday night and they were the best conditions I've seen this year. I was skate skiing though. Excellent glide and very fast.

YOU (yes, you Vegan Vagabond) have got to get out on them there new planks you bought!


The Vegan Vagabond said...

Yeah yeah, I should have specified that the conditions were crap for classic.

Yes I have to learn to skate. But since we're getting Snowmageddon this weekend I think I'll hold that for now. Classic is going to be wicked!

the original big ring said...

10cm . . . snowmageddon is going to be more like alittlesnowwegettin.

Anonymous said...

Ta hell with skiing, I think she has the correct approach to it!
The thrill and spill factor adds life to one's existence when biking in the snow!
(skiing is a snooze fest)

For a really good time you folks have to get out to Wakefield...
Some really good riding to be had right about now! Fast fast back country roads!

(as for now, I'm doing loops in the city - back roads, but will be visiting out to Wakefield during the coming holidays...
Hope to see more shit faced grins grinding the gears out on them country roads!)

that's friggen fabulous that they managed to get out! Love it!

Anonymous said...

post the helmet cam clips!
I gotta get my adrenaline going again (get a taste for some real winter riding, doesn't seem like many are doing it anymore... shame, cause its a blast!)

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