Yes, I know what you are all thinking – the ride report gets written by the person who first ate the dirt. Well, although nobody did do to “dishonourable dismount” thing, being the sweeper I certainly did “eat dirt” on this beautiful but very dry and dusty spring (dare I say it?) evening.
Ok, so things looked a little shaky to start with. There were 4 cyclists (i.e. people with bikes) in the parking lot, being Duct Tape and 3 Noobs(!!!), and 4 non-cyclists which seemed intent on ensuring we wouldn’t leave on our ride without a decent “Woop Woop” – Hardy, QT, Francois and another old DnD’er whose name I forget. So just when it looked like a tour-de-tar ride, Oupa Gert and Herman arrived to save the day and ensure that we got our fair share of singletrack riding in on this beautiful Spring evening.
So we set off, a little late, but to a very enthusiastic “Woop Woop” from QT and co – Oupa Gert as Trailmeister, Newbies Tyson (henceforth to be known as “Tron”), Hendrik (dubbed “Yster”), Ed (a.k.a. “Pastor”), Herman and yours truly as the sweeper. Thanks for the send-off guys, but next time, please bring your bikes – we missed your happy banter on the trails!
And at this point I’d just like to wish Francois “Strength and Honour” for his trying week ahead, we hope they make a successful prognosis, accurate treatment and that you have a speedy recovery, and look forward to having you back on the trail really soon.
So off we (Woop Woop) set, Oupa Gert managing to dig up some great singletrack and dual track on the way to our first play area – Ecstasy Park, which we did a few loops in, first counter, then clockwise. After that it was with a dash of enthusiasm that OG led us to Mamba. One could see the glint in the whiley eyes, and knew that the trailmeister had something planned for the noobs. Yip, none other than a ghost ride up Mamba in the light of the Blue Moon. Yeeeehaaaa!!! Waiting for me at the end were some huge smiles, confirming that, just because you have ridden these trails before, doesn’t mean they arent more thrilling at night!
From Mamba the trailmeister pulled out some great fun dirt road rides to get us to the blair witch forest, and after a few more speed zones we were back at Moo Mall, smiles all around, with Tron, Yster and Pastor confirming they’ll be back again, and Herman and I commenting about how we don’t do this nearly often enough!
Oupa Gert – you really did pick out a great route for what we decided would be a relatively short ride, thanks a million, I can confirm my face is stiff again from all the smiling last night (ok, and my teeth are still full of dust despite repeated brushings, but who cares).
Smileage: abt 25km
Of which: 2 were on Mountainbikes, and
4 were on 26er’s 😛
So to you all who didn’t make the ride, or who haven’t ridden a DnD for a while, get your lazy butts out and join in the fun! I promise you won’t regret it! And spread the word, the weather is perfect, the trails are screaming out to us, so let’s ride them and keep the Dark and Dirty Rides going!