Great group for the second Saturday edition of the ThNNDDR, I think the miserable weather kept more people from coming out again this week, it was chilly, windy and looked like it could rain at any moment. The actual conditions were a far cry from what was forecast just the night before, last night when I went to bed it was supposed to be sunny and in the mid 60s by 9 a.m. and I suppose somewhere in the world that actually happened. Out at Branched Oak Lake however it was in the lower 50s and overcast when I pulled up and parked but you know, trusting weather forecasters gets you just about as far as trusting politicians. I did however manage to take a few more pictures this time... you have been warned.
Jamie on the first descent after the prairie section, pictures always make it look less steep than it actually is.
Ed on the same section, Ed and his wife Janelle took up mountain biking about 2 months ago and they both were killing it out there today.
Dean is just too quick for the camera, riding at the speed of blur.
Janelle on the last climb of the lap and still smiling, if you've ever been out there and know how many steep climbs there are you will appreciate this picture more. Branched Oak is not for those allergic to climbing and not many people are smiling this wide after spinning up them. Did I mention she's been mountain biking for only 2 months?!?
Fat Bike down!!! Regroup and chit chat session after the first lap or was it the second, lack of oxygen makes for poor memory.
If I weren't dressed in nothing but a thin layer of Lycra it would have been a nice day out for taking pictures, just something about overcast skies that make for good photos. Lots of folks out camping again this weekend but not much in the way of boaters, guess it's not as much fun when it's cold and cloudy.
Heading back into the trees on the final lap, we skipped the final gully section on each lap as it was a bit too moist last weekend so we made good use of the gravel road to loop back to the trail. Great group of guys and gals out today, despite the weather it was a really fun ride.
Thanks to Kyle I get to be in this weeks blog, not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for anyone who reads this but it is what it is at this point as it's already been "printed". I actually don't hate the picture, that Rasta black is super slimming, I almost look like I know what I'm doing and the bright background provides just enough focus washout to make it not terrifying to the elderly and small children. Sometimes being the guy behind the camera has it's advantages.
The ThNNDDR will be on hiatus for the next two Saturdays unless someone else picks it up, this guy will be in Montana riding and roughing it in Helena, Whitefish and a cabin in Glacier National Park... roughing it in a cabin complete with electricity, shower and full kitchen... but no internet, what ever shall the offspring due for a week! See you all in three Saturdays, same Bat time, same Bat channel.