Monday, September 11, 2006

Rollo Went West

My Buddy Todd (AKA: Rollomatic) came out from Colorado last week to sample some North West Mountain Biking. And boy did he get a sample. He met us (Me,Flying J, East Coast Eric and Johnny Thunder) in Hood river after a night of relaxation at the Parker compound in Boise. We headed for Post canyon as fast as we could to get some run's in since it was mid day. We were having good time and Todd was doing well. Hit the step up and drop on XchorusX and the first jump in the moto kicker line. Good stuff. East Coast Eric slipped a pedal when landing on the 25 foot gap and jacked up his ankle. Ouch! Then we headed to Egg hunt. A cool trail that ends with a 20 foot step down. ( ladder to man made wooden landing) Todd looked at it and I said something like "Better a little too fast than a little too slow". I should have said skip it. Todd sky'ed it like a super hero and almost landed to flat. ( that's bad if you don't know) After he hit the ground he probably slid on his side about 15 more feet or so. WOW! gnarliest thing I had seen in a while. My buddy's were impressed and happy he didn't get killed. And I got it on video. The rest of the day was uneventful. Another crash but compared to what we saw it was mellow. Day one was over and Rollo was worked.
Day 2 was some xc riding with another buddy Dave. We did the scenic Lewis river trail and then Siouxon creek. A long day of riding for sure. The trail was dry and dusty but the trees were huge and the views beautiful.Dave went over the enbankment but was ok. I hit a rock and went face first into the bank. Yee ha. We ended the ride strong and loaded up for the next one. We were going to do Mt St Helens also but it became obvious that we were really tired and were running out of daylight. So we hit Siouxon. More lush Forrest and great single track. Boy was I tired. After that it was drive back home for my Wife's home made burritos and watch Super 8 before getting some sleep.
Day 3. We went up near Mt Hood to ride the Dog river trail. A short trail but m trail had done the damage. He deostly down hill. I like long time. Super dusty and a couple of really cool rock sections. Fun stuff. Then we shuttled up to the top(lodge) of Mt Hood for a ride down. The Glade to cross town to pioneer bridal trail. Around 14 miles with 4000 ft of descending. There was a tech feature that we had to ride around at the start but after that we were flying. No crashes on this one. The Glade is a gnaarly ski run with lot's of rocks and sand. Cross town is really smooth with a rock here and there and Pioneer Bridal is bank and forth tech and buff single track. This is a favorite ride of mine. At the bottom I noticed Rollo wasn't looking his old chip self. Decided to bag the last day of riding and head back to club Craig for some r&r before going home. It was great riding with Todd in some trees for a change and was a great time. Saturday I went to Falls City for more riding while Rollo went east. He'll be back and we'll do it again, but maybe we'll hit Post on the last day.

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