Friday, April 06, 2007

Not a Bad Friday

Didn't eat any eggs, but hopped on the bike (pardon the easter punny). Josh and I met up at work, where our bikes live sometimes, and after I forgot my shoes again, we finally headed out, up up up the road through Aro Valley to the Karori Sanctuary fenceline track. Steep, wide and not very exciting, but friggin hard on the legs. I had to get off and push on one section, no traction in the granny, while Josh tractored up pushing the big gears. Got to the wind turbine and checked out the views and caught the breath... it was another nice, sunny day with not too much wind, and a little bite in the air.
As we climbed a little more to get to the top of Wright's Hill, Josh mentioned how it sucks going this way to get to Deliverance and Makara, and I suggested we never do it again. Agreed. It's hard to avoid hills here, but some are just worse than others. At the top of Deliverance it was seats down (QR back where it belongs!) and my mission was to clean the whole trail, after a dab or two the last time I was here last week. It looked unlikely right away as I hit a baby-head rock near the top, made slippier than usual by some rain during the week, but I was determined not to dab and stayed clipped in while I used a tree for support...but I kept going, and nailed that sucker...despite Josh trying to put me off my game halfway down by checking out the fauna again. The plan was to ride Makara, but after a short stop it was decided to climb back up Salvation... Josh was wanting to rest up as he's going to Auckland for the weekend to catch up with a lady friend, and he needs all his energy! Down the other side of Wright's, we rode a sweet singletrack downhill that I'd never been on before, with tight switchbacks and fast straights linking them up, right down into a creek then out onto the road in Kelburn. It was all fast tar back to the shop, and only nearly got hit by a car once! There have been worse Fridays for sure...

4 comments:

k man said...

FARKIN HILLS !!!!!.People keep asking me "how was NZ" , and I say "FARKIN HILLY" and they give you 'that look' - the look that says - your an idiot mountain biker - don't you have a sick perverse sense of fun that has you liking that sort of shit.Then they throw in a half laugh / chuckle and say "what was the scenery like"
- of course you know my answer ,'farkin hilly',which I have on a tape recorder in my pocket these days ,re-chargeable batteries and all!!It may be time for a change though,I might replace it with 'wet and muddy' which is how it is over here at the moment.I was supposed to go up to Duff's farm but it is flogging down -mud bath city -hmm -could be a good porn movie name. See ya

brettok said...

haha...hey that blurb u wrote about the farkin hills over here, and which I countered, has been accepted by Spoke mag, will be out in 2 issues time, so end of year. Of course I had to heavily edit it to protect xc riders, roadies, kiwis, impotent men, women, children and small animals.

tomki said...

no dabs! yeah!

brettok said...

tomki!!! where u been bro? yeah no dabs, next i'm gonna master the hop around tight switchbacks, which there's plenty of...