Every year, like clockwork, the same weekend opens up for me. You see, my wife is an educator. You know....the whole seven weeks off during the summer thing. We'll, we're blessed to have a condo in Cali where she can drag the kids off to in order to beat the 110 degree heat. Of course, when that happens, old Scoot likes to log some miles. Usually, I have the good sense to head to the mountains to get out of the heat but given the fact that the forests are all closed due to the extremely high fire danger this year, I decided to stay close to home.
After sucking some beers down by the pool at Scotty B's place on Friday night, an early Saturday ride beckoned at Brown's Ranch with Rasta Ryan, Marcos and the Gov. Showing up with a hangover wasn't the best decision I've ever made. With that in mind, we still made the best of it. We wound up getting a bunch of trails out there that I had never ridden, including the west section of Stagecoach, Diablo North and Axel Grease.
Here's Marcos's near death pogo on Diablo North...
The post ride brews went down like water on Saturday. Unfortunately, they turned a 1 day hangover into a two day hangover.
The fiddler had to be paid early on Sunday morning. As with any ride with Dave Baker, you are starting at zero dark early. Scotty B and I rallied to DB's place by six for a loop of Usery followed by a long downhill of Hawes and back to Dave's. I felt pretty good early on but the two days of drinking and riding caught up to me. Disappointed to not get TRW. All things considered, I really good weekend of riding, however. I napped like a two year old yesterday.