1) the last time I sat on a mountain bike was 15 years ago and I wasn't very good then
2) the mountain bike I had to ride was circa 1995 (to it's credit, it had an old front shock that flexed slightly). Who needs dual suspension?
3) the trail was rated expert single track and ran along a terrace above a valley with significant double digit drop-offs on one side
The start of the ride was a little rough. After scaling 100 feet of stairs with my bike and clumsily navigating through a gnarly rutted out single track section with what I deemed to be significant boulders, I thought I was in for it. I think Emily was trying to be encouraging when she said, "The rest of the trail is no more difficult than this." Gulp! Well, I'm happy to report we survived, and it was more fun and exhilarating than scary. The views were amazing and the company supportive and fun--thanks Emily, Chris and Hillary. What more can you ask for? I think I might even go again.
|Dave on the 2nd ride-|
|Scrum on the pitch|
|Ella and Dave feeding the neighborhood donkey, Daniel|
Gillian has started to sit up on her own a little bit. She's still smiling like there is no tomorrow and loves to swing with her sister at the playground.
|hiking with Gillian : )|
|Our town of Sumner is in the valley below|
|Dave and Ella|