It has been awhile that we have a had a full group of riders that can actually ride. Now don’t get me wrong, lots of our clients can ride but this was special in that they could ride. OK, I know it needs an explanation. So, Oscar gives me call, well actually he e-mails me and is asking a bunch of, well, kinda, strange questions. We e-mail back and forth and try to resolve the answers to his questions. Not really getting anywhere on the e-mail conversation. Sometimes you have to break down and pick up the phone. Much better results. OK, now I understand, he wants an epic ride for himself and his buds that get together and, well, beat each other up, well actually the ride does and he wants to turn them onto something different. OH yeah, I think we can do that. So, we meet at six AM, Brent, one of our stronger guides is joining us. Up the road we go. We immediately start sizing everyone up to what we will be able to do with them. Looks like it is going to be a great day of hard, fun riding. Yahooooooo. We get to the starting point and down off the vehicle the bikes come and we get on them and off we go. Two and half miles of dirt road for a warm up. Turn onto the AZ Trail, which at this point is single track. This is one of the more cardio trails that we would choose only for the stronger group of riders. And cardio it is, with some technical thrown it. We be a walking some of this, all of us, hell, even Brent and he is a bad ass, or so he thinks. OK, he is. We all get to the top of the ridge and explain that it is now mostly down hill for the next six miles, be careful, AND just to remember that the science thing about what goes down must come up thing. Yeah, yeah they all say. So down it is. OMG This is one heck of a trail. Scenic as anything, anywhere but you kinda gotta keep your eyes focused on the trail because it is interesting enough to keep your attention. Yahoooooo Ride em cowboy. (You get the idea) We reach the bottom and everyone is should we say, happy. We discuss options, go back the way we came, which is the best, if we can make it or ride a four wheel drive road back out. Sucky road, up hill and boring as heck. So they all inform me that they are not any stinking road bike riders and they are here to ride trails in the mountains on their mountain bikes. OK I warned them. One guy brought his single speed. He must not have gotten the memo. Kinda mixed feelings at this point, loving and hating life thing. Well, I think it turned out to be hating life thing on the way back up. Good thing he was real strong. Now, as professional guides as we are, Brent and I are using chest packs to carry radios to communicate and let each other know how and where we and the clients are. So he let’s me know that he is at a a tight switch back with a flat. I reach up with my right hand and respond, and I might add I am going down hill at this point, my right hand is on the radio keying the mike and I squeeze my left brake. Hmmmmmmmmmmm Damn, I tell everyone not to do that. Because??????? That’s right, you go over the handle bars. Weird how that happens. Most important was that no one saw me do it. But wait, maybe not a good thing. Everyone is ahead of me and do you think anyone is concerned about the back guide? They probably would not have missed me for some time. Good thing I was OK, well, OK, I was bleeding but I think that s pretty normal for this kind of ride. We make it to the top and everyone is beat up pretty good. Some more than others. I personally was beat up pretty good. One guy was useing foul language to explain that next time given the option to ride out the road he was going to choose the road. Hmmmmmm Weird that moutain biking swear, that was a first. Brent and I had a contingent plan in case they wanted more, we were going to offer more. No takers. Actually we had two add ons if needed be, no takers for either. Good thing for me.
So end of story. Damn stinking great times. I was pretty beat up the remainder of the day. Slept like a baby and woke up feeling great. Those hard epic rides help with life so much. I told them that they were 1 in 1000 to be able to pull that ride off. Thanks guys. You rock