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Friday Night 6pm
Ghostrider rolls into town and is the first one to arrive at my crib(AKA condo). The first ride weekend has officially begun. I reluctantly head back to work. When I return at 8, I find that Wheelie and Tank have arrived and are making 1-900 calls at will. Shortly after, Big Kahuna,Tucker,and Dr. Wong and son arrive. The party has started as Wheelie abandons us for some "genetically altered" women and doesn't return until 4 am. The rest of us enjoy a night watching Summer of Sam(gets 5 SJ stars for nudity alone) and eating pizza while we all dream about sweet singletrack, tons of people, and hot single women! 

Saturday 9am
I have not slept a wink and awake with a sore throat. This matters little and doesn't dampen my enthusiasm whatsoever. The weather is absolutely perfect and everyone is revising there predictions as I say "we're gonna get 100 riders with this weather." I eat the traditional Oatmeal and O.J. pre-ride breakfast and prepare my smoothie as the others option to eat at Panera. WEAK! After a group hug and male bonding we are off for Krogers. 

Saturday 10:30am
We actually make it to the parking lot on time. The lot is filled with familiar faces as well as future Spokejunkies. We assemble quickly and head off with a caravan of about 12 cars. I drive oh so cautiously and don't let Ghostrider distract me as he did one year ago leading to my accident on the way to the first ride. This time I told him not to pull out the centerfold while I was driving! 

Saturday 11:47am
Amazingly we are early. I fire in the new pre-ride disc and crank Rage Against the Machine. We turn the corner and see the mass of cars and a swarm of bikes. After assembling everyone for the pre-ride count and pictures we head down the road towards the warm up section leading to fire road 5. There is actually gridlock on the trails at times but it serves well as there are lots of people cheering for you at each section and lots of people to help you in case of a mechanical. 

Saturday 3:30pm
The riders start showing up in the parking lot. Everyone has had a successful ride and there were no major casualties. Jekyl got lost after he thought he saw Bigfoot and proceeded to pursue him but to no avail. The trailgater starts off with the realization that Wheelie and Tucker have forgotten the charcol. They had some weak excuse about leaving it in someone's car. Translation:"I thought you brought it." Shortly there after the incident now knows as "The exploding Cake" transpired. A large branch came crashing down and landed right on the cake that Coondawg and his significant other brought. Everything was lost and an APB was put out for all squirrels in the area. Foul Play is suspected.  

After some good-byes,kissing, and making out(oops wrong graffiti) everyone headed home. This ride will forever be etched in all our minds.....It was truly a wonderful day and experience for all who attended. 

Moab