It’s been a while. A long while. Going through photos, it would appear that we were riding on dirt in March and still doing so in November. A very long riding season in the high country. Yesterday marked the 73rd Annual Steel*Wool Turkey Day Massacre. bobB has been on every one! This was the largest turnout for any of our massacres, with most of the regulars and new-girl. If memory serves me correctly, the following were there – toop, the Brit, MT, bobB, heyride, tiller, new girl, the guide, liz, the olympian, the genius, the pilot, and a guest appearance of hiking Powers. After caffeinating at the double-a ranch, we rolled out for a 3-hour tour of the neighborhood. We misplaced Liz for a bit but Donny managed to find her. Toop flatted, allowing us our first opportunity for refreshments. The coffee hot chocolate spiced rum blend brought back memories of Iraq. Some more riding on the local singlewide brought us to the HC climb of the day. As we approached the summit we caught the hiker.
At one point, all of these people were in my kitchen…if you’ve seen my kitchen you’d know the scene was reminiscent of a clown car.
Refreshments ensued followed by a mostly downhill return to the compound. It was fun.
hell have we been up to lately? a lot of stuff…that’s what.
thursday night activities have been ongoing with some mountain bicycling on snow-packed trails, some skate skiing and the occasional skin-up/ski-down alternative. unfortunately our staff photographer has been unable to attend, so you’ll have to use your imagination.
we’re pondering a run of short-sleeved jerseys for the summer bicycle riding season. anyone interested? color suggestions?
that is all for now. maybe the next update will come sooner rather then later.
it would appear that team steel*wool’s racing season is starting in earnest with tomorrow nights copper mountain winter mountain bike race. to prepare, most of the team met up last night at the west magnolia recreation area for a bit of a test run. heyride, bobB, mt and toop were joined by newcomers, trailmaster and the genius. meriwether had gone out earlier but would eventually join us for gluten-fest. after some intervals (or boBervals as we’ll refer to them in the future) intermixed with hiking we were treated to a downhill. upon regrouping at the bottom the trailmaster acquired a flat, forcing she and the genius to make an early return to the vehicle. the rest of the crew marched on mixing boBervals with hiking, up to the “bench” for some refreshments followed by the final downhill to the road. did i mention that the trail was covered with a few inches of fresh snow and some 2-3′ drifts? yeah, it was fun in a steel*wool sorta way. i believe we’re ready to own the race. especially the section that crosses the ice skating rink. we’ll definitely be busting out the full-face headgear for this event.
the day of the turkey ride has been going on for somewhere in the neighborhood of 9 years. some years it has been a snow ride, others totally dry. yesterday was a mix of both. the snow was nicely-packed by hikers making it 100% rideable. thanks to a recent wind event there was some work to do along the way. we rode, we cut and moved trees, we drank whiskey…it was good.