On 11-11-11, I woke up on the couch about the time the Late Late Show was finishing up and watched some rock & blues concert videos as well as drank some cold India Pale Ale beverages before waking up the family to torture them with more music at an insanely early hour. I have come to the conclusion that the Rolling Stones were at their best when they had Mick Taylor on lead guitar and that "LADIES & GENTLEMEN the Rolling Stones" from 1972, supporting the album Exile on Main Street (I think the best album they ever released) is one of the best live concert movies ever made - after that era they moved a little away from the blues and into following the fashion of the day: Disco. Just my opinion, like more below, there are plenty who would disagree.
I digress, but I wanted to share.
Anyway, after I got my shit together, I headed up the mountain, stopped at Ridgecrest, laid across the bench seat of my truck to chill and get my head together, debated riding Kitsuma (it was really cold), texted Obie and got the OK to head onto Liquid Logic for a lesson and demonstration in kayak crack repair. I cracked my creek boat at the Green and was in need of some charity work as I am in no way ready to buy a new boat right now. Obie obliged and thank goodness Woody didnt throw me out on my ear for bringing a non-Liquid Logic boat into the shop. They truly do a community service looking out for peeps like myself and for this I will make every attempt to support the company by making my next new boat purchase a Liquid Logic, hopefully after the Tax money comes back and hopefully I'll be able to find a good deal on a Hefe Grande or better yet a big Stomper. I do not think I personally could have gotten this treatment from any other boat manufacturing reps, at least none that I know. I even came away with a new paddling magazine: BOMB FLOW, which is very cool. Obie's handy work:
As if the trail builder had not done enough last year, they now had done away with the steepest section of downhill from the Kitsuma peak and routed the bike section around the side of the mountain to hook up where the steep section had ended. I remember studying that section back when I was riding the NRS with cantilever brakes. After repeatedly sliding off my bike, dragging my foot down beside me and finally being able to see and ride a line cleanly on the old NRS I felt I had conquered a goal. Another challenge that will only be memories now. To steal JCs comment, they "dummied the trail down", made it more accesible for the masses. Not good in my opinion but it is what it is, there are plenty who like it better post changes, as usual I am in the minority. The only improvement I personally see out of all of the work is they cut back some of the branches that were in yer face on the downhill - the only benefit to all the changes that I see. End of rant. At least the views are still good: