We woke up at 6 this morning; Kaylie had to use the bathroom, and Gabe had permission to wake us up if she was crying ... We watched a few minutes of the Weather Channel before it was cartoon time, and then it was breakfast and I was off to Wisconsin ...
I really like that Kettle has a trails hotline. It would be great if other recreation areas did too -- it takes all the guesswork out of whether you can ride or not, if there's weather in the area like we had yesterday. The trails were in pretty good shape, although I can't figure out who was smoking what when they designed the new connector -- off-camber, downhill log crossings in the middle of turns are not exactly my cup of tea, let alone safe ... And S-curves through the sand? I'm all for a challenge, but it would be nice to be able to get into a rhythm once in a while ... (and some of the straighter lines have been cut off intentionally)
I did take a couple of runs on the high-speed downhill out on the Emma Carlin trails -- the red trail is super-fast once you scale the switchbacks! It's a pretty wide open downslope, and it was a total blast flying down the trail and around the curves!
High-speed seems to be the theme of the day; once I got back, I was able to set up my in-laws with wireless satellite internet. They've been fighting with the router company and the ISP for weeks now, including something like 2 hours on tech support last night. I figure it's something like when you can't get a jar open, and you twist and twist, and then the next person comes along and just pops it open ... my father-in-law called India late last night, and then it took me just under an hour to get it all set up!
Tomorrow I will probably head over to Rock Cut -- it's free, and it's about 15 minutes closer to my in-laws' house. The trails aren't quite as tough, but it will be good to get out and get aerobic -- at Kettle it always feels up and down, or sneaking through the trees. (My handlebars are kind of wide for Kettle, there are a couple of spots where I have barely an inch of clearance on either side ...) I realized today that for me to really get into my rhythm, I need to do a fast, wide-open downhill a couple of times to feel "quick" ...
Sorry, just had a baby butt on the keyboard!
OK, I'm over and out. It's just too much fun to be 3 years old!
ONLY 120 DAYS TO NATZ!!