Generally, when there's a long weekend, the troops use it as an excuse to rally. We call it a quorum when we have a total of three or more usually. Plans came together rather quickly for a Saturday morning ride at Baker's house. The assumption was that we would four or five at the most. Once everyone showed, we wound up with a total of nine. A sizable presence indeed.
Plans were to leave his house at 6:30 which usually means 7 with this large of a group. The thought was to link together two trail systems with some roads tied in between. Road...Usery...Road...Hawes...Road...TRW...Road.
Early on, there was a ton of trail traffic at Usery, which was to be expected on a 90 degree day in May. It was one of those days that you want to bottle up and save for Late August. Somehow, we even had cloud cover due to a "cold" front. Even though it's been months (years?) since we've seen rain, the trails were in remarkably good condition. Good flow. Good friends.
The good news post ride was that Dave has a pool immediately adjacent to his house. The plan was to hit the pool, hit a few beers, hit some delicious french dip, hit some washers and then hit the road. Needless to say, I think we ticked all the boxes.
Riding Dusty Mexican Borderlines