Nassahegan, Burlington, CT - 7/6/08

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    Nassahegan, Burlington, CT - 7/6/08

    Great ride tonight. I met up with o3jeff, johnnypoach (both of whom were on new rides) and powhunter at Lamson's around 5:00pm. We set out to do the same ride that Greg, Jeff, and I did this past Tues. We were setting a decent pace, and I felt good through all the twisties in the beginning. Shortly after we crossed the dirt road (Chippen's Hill??) and came to the intersection of a few different trails Powhunter decided he had to head back because his knee was bothering him. Jonnypoach joined him leaving Jeff and I to finish the ride ourselves. We decided to switch things up a bit and hit the trail that went more East than the one that we took last time, which goes more south. I really enjoyed our trail choice, much more than the one we took last time. It was much more ride-able with some challenging bits mixed in, as opposed to the many sections that we had to hike-a-bike on the other trail. We followed this trail all the way to Sessions and finally found the trail that cuts back to 69, just short of the parking lot. We crossed 69 without the need for bushwhacking this time, which was nice. Once we got up to the intersection where the trail we were on met up with the cemetery twisties to got back to the car we decided to keep heading North, up the climb that would eventually lead to the downhill back to 69 where we planned on heading back on the road. It was after this point that I started to fall apart, my confidence was low and I wiped out a couple of times. including a pretty crappy fall on the last downhill section right before the bridge. That fall resulted in some minor road rash. Thankfully the section that my leg landed on was mostly mud, which I wore some of back to the car.

    All in all a great ride, and it was great to put two different loops that we've learned together for a longer ride. I need to work on keep my confidence high, and to stop over thinking things. I was probably a little fatigued by the time we got to the last section, so I'm blaming that too..

    Almost forgot to mention that Jeff's new bike looks pretty kick ass, though I was a bit disappointed that he walked over the muddier, wetter sections of the trail to try and prevent mud from hitting his new prized steed. Just kidding, of course, it would probably take me a few rides before I'd blindly pilot my new bike towards the crap that I attempted tonight. Johnny is styling on his new FS rig, and seems to be even more fearless now . He kept right on my rear wheel the whole time they were still with us..



    Good riding with you bozos again tonight, pity that Greg and Tim had to bail...
    Brian

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    Was definitely a long ride, but felt good to end the weekend with it after not having been out for a while and also to give the new bike a good break in.

    The way we went through the Session Woods area was a lot better trail and being ridable was also a plus.

    What a difference a bike can make, especially climbing. If you have the leg to pedal it, you just need to point it up hill and go and not so much worry about finding a passable path up it. Give me a few more rides on it and I will be following you through the stream/mud bogs without worrying about it! Am very happy with it and now I can't wait to get back out and ride it some more.

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    Morning after report: I'm shot today... I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I was up until after midnight and woke up before 6am due to some creepy kids who don't like sleep! I think I'd still be pretty beat though, even if I got a full night's sleep. I didn't hydrate well yesterday, which is leading to a somewhat run down feeling today as I try to slowly rehydrate myself. I was sweating like a pig in the woods within minutes last night.
    Brian

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    I wish I had one of those fancy GPSs to tell me how far we rode yesterday. Though I suppose I could have just installed my bike computer...
    Brian

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    It definitely was a good long ride last night. I have kinda been looking at this since they sent me an email for it. Want to read up more to decide if I really want/need one.
    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...lang=en-US&s=1

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    I know nothing about GPS, so I couldn't tell you if that was a good one or not. I would like to get one someday though. I need to do some more research to see what I really want.
    Brian

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    When did Greg say his bday was? Didn't he say he was getting one as a gift?

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    His birthday is this Friday, we'll have to see what he gets...
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    This was the request. I'll let you know how I make out. No pics of johnnypoach and Jeff in action?
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Camera was left in the car, but I am sure Brian can post some mud rash pics of his leg if you want.

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