I finally made it to Trestle today. I forgot my rain jacket, but the gods were good, and there were only a few sprinkles. I decided not to bring any body armor so that I wouldn't be tempted to do anything harder than a blue (more on that later) - I wanted to ride mellow, low-consequence trails and just have some fun.
My bike going up ahead of me. I am terrible at loading bikes, btw.
Purty meadow / ski slope below the Zephyr lift:
A short section of Long Trail that goes uphill. I don't remember this from two years ago. I generally object to uphill travel when I'm riding lift-serviced, but I was curious where this went. And it was pretty.
Aftermath part 1. It turns out that the section of Long Trail - which was very fun - dumped out onto Jury Duty. I mistakenly thought I was maybe on a section of Green World, so I didn't expect the wall ride. It had a level section as well as the wall, but it narrowed and I tried to get on a wet wall ride at the wrong spot at minimal speed and ....
Aftermath part 2:
So, yeah. If I'd been wearing armor, neither of those would have happened, as the guy next to me on the lift pointed out on the next ride up. Is it just me, or are these observations especially annoying when they're true? I did find an oversized bandaid in my pack, so I was able to keep the elbow from bleeding through the white base layer I was wearing.
Around 1pm, I had a well-deserved lunch. I was thinking I could just grab something at the top and wolf it down, but apparently it's a sit-down place, and they invited me right in, sweat, blood, mud, and all.
I think I rode up the lift four times - maybe five, but probably not. I did stick to my plan of all greens and blues, for whatever that is worth. I don't think I've ever ridden a black on my XC bike, anyway. At the end, I was getting that "last ride" feeling - I was tired, and my bum shoulder was starting to ache, but I kind of wanted to go back and ride some more. I decided to get out of there while it was still fun.
Unfortunately, and presumably due to all the rain they've been getting, the new Blue Crush trail was closed (I hear it's fantastic), as was the lower section of Green World that takes you through tight trees with more technical riding than the rest.