So - I'm training for this Cascade creampuff race coming up. I need a long day - so I ride from my house (in WA) to ID to ride Courdlnane Mtn -the caribou ridge trail, (maybe Diminor has ridden it and can comment) ride to the top and descend the nasty stuff. No problem - all is well. Heading home, the road turns to gravel - very loose. I get to the top, second time on the road today - Have not seen a car yet. Start descending, cross to the left side (yea, I know) because it had a smooth line. Pull bottle, tilt head back, and a full size truck comes ripping around the corner. Left hand on bar - tap front brake - and I'm down at @ 20 MPH. They stopped - I let them know it was my fault and I was happy they did not run over me and hospital time was not required at this point. I rode the final 30 miles with no issue - but I will not ride tomorrow.
I rode the Caribou Ridge trail again yesterday with my son - We did it as a XC ride. Up 257 and down the technical stuff. Talked to a bunch of DH guys that were shuttling it - they were surprised we were doing it on HTs. I don't think it really matters on that trail - a DH bike is not much of an advantage.