Since I moved back from TX back in 2003, I have gone down to Atlanta to hang out with friends and go to the SX race in the GA Dome. We have usually gone dirt jumping or to the skatepark, but this year we went XC riding. It was a good idea but due to the monsoon that Atlanta has been in lately the trail conditions sucked. Luckily the company is good enough that I’ll go most anywhere with these guys. Our mix of personalities is a good one and we laugh a lot. It was a little less fun though since Karl couldn’t make it, but he’ll make up for it on later trips.
We tried out Bull Mtn up in Dahlonega. It has a 14.5 mile loop with mixed single and double track. Bull Mtn peak is at 2340 ft and all the climbed had us excited about some potentially good descending. Unfortunaely, we lost most our our elevation on a gravel road. The trail conditions were muddy and I mean muddy. That kind of power sucking sponginess that makes things seem much worse that they are. Geritt and Chris Wyatt are in pretty good shape, so things were easy for them. Braswell, who is in good shape as well, and I wore flats and it made things tough. Ryan, who has probably never ridden that much XC, was on the “biggest” bike probably had the least fun. But we were glad he went.
There was a little double in the trail close to the top and we had fun sessioning it. I have a little vid I’ll post up soon.
The SX race was a snooze. The seats were incredible, but the track was a little too technical for the level of competition in attendance. Normally all or part of the crew heads out after for some ATL night life, but this year we were a little too tired, so we headed back to Ryan’s for drinks from his Keg-o-rater. Nice touch.
Sunday morning I got up early and headed home. I stopped by Raccoon for a quick loop. I have ridden Raccoon once before and have always wanted to try it again, but with fuel as expensive as it has been I just waited until it was on my way. It was cold when I started out, but the Sun came out and made the early afternoon warm and perfect. Raccoon is a great trail network and is a pleasure to ride. There is always something to do.
To finish things off, Meghann, Jasper, Domino and Isabella shuttled Loo and myself at Windrock yesterday afternoon. The trails were in great shape and full of new features. The only thing that could have made the weekend any better would have been some $0.30 wings at Spicy’s lastnight.