So we had a pretty big group heading up to Santos today. Five cars and seven riders total. 60% chance of rain but we just said screw it, it's not like it's gonna rain all day...........well yes, it did pretty much rain all day. (BillT: two people crashed in the parking lot due to the slick blacktop so don't feel bad)
So on the way up one car group had their water pump seal blow out so they hitched a ride with another group and had their car towed home (lost about 2.5 hrs there). One guy was well on his way when he realized he had forgotten his CamelBak so he went home to grab it and then decided to sit this one out due to the rain report he was getting from some of the others. Funny thing is I had an extra CamelBak in my truck but no one told me what was going on. If you ride with newbies you learn to bring any extras that you may have. So we rode in the rain and it was actually really fun. It was raining just enough to annoy you and the ground conditions were not that bad except for over at the Vortex. It was getting well passed lunch time so we headed back to the parking lot to cook some bratwurst on the portable grill. I'm gathering up my food and notice 2-3 people looking at the grill with frustrated looks on their faces. Grill isn't working!!! Finally got it fixed and enjoyed way to many bratwurst (three brats plus two rootbeers and chips with french onion dip). Must have been eating to cope with all the stress of the day
Finished lunch and headed back out for a few more hours. Had to leave two back at parking lot cause the massive intake of junk food didn't agree with them. Pack up and start heading home. Just getting in the groove for the long ride home and the phone rings. Someone left their camera in my truck and they live an hour away from me so had to head back
Good news is I had the chance to ride my buddies new Ellsworth. Nice bike but couldn't get a very good test ride due to seriously jacked up brake/shifter positioning as well as a funky seat position (I wasn't gonna go adjusting the mans bike so I could get a good test ride). The bike was certainly light and I could tell it wasn't any old full suspension rig. I assume I'd really have to ride it for a good amount of time and on different trails to see what all the buzz its about. As of right now, it is in no way worth twice as much as my mass production frame. Then again, I don't race so I really don't need every little advantage that this bike may offer. It sure does look pretty though.
Oh yeah, took a bad spill off of the high boardwalk in the Votex area and bent my derailleur hanger. Wet boardwalks don't offer much traction