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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
of a mechanical.
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
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.