...and bless the trails
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: King, North Carolina
Bikes: 02' Jamis Dakar Sport (just built), 05' Trek 1000
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3 outta 4 ain't bad, is it??
Went to a local trail today for a ride...Almost at the end, there's a dropoff where there used to be a bridge...well, it washed away a few months back and I've been leery of riding thru the gulley for a while, since I hadn't tried anything like it...back in December, one of my friends wheelie-dropped it and although it looked painful, I felt now it could be done...since I had an idea of what to do...
Today was the first time back since Dec....I rode up to it, rolled it and out, no problem...it was kinda jerky cause it has busted culvert piece on the down side but I didn't crash...However, my adrenaline/bravery/ego/stupidity got the best of me as I thought, "what if I bunny hop that thing"...see, it's not about 2 feet tall, but it's the transition that is crazy...kinda flat, but realllly narrow...so I turned around crossed again, and went far enuf back to get a good run...
I rolled up...lifted and cleared, but my landing was kinda harsh...so again the a/b/e/s kicked in, "I can do it better if I land a lil' right"...so I turn around, cross and get another run...
As I lift, my head's thinking "you're just not right..."
and I wasn't...i landed, rolled six inches into the bank (the landing is about 8 inches wide max in order to roll out clean), and endo'd...Luckily, I landed on my head...
So now I'm both rattled, pissed (@ myself) and ready to go once more...so (now it may get religious), I started praying, "God, if I don't do this...I'm gonna beat myself down if I don't go again...If I crash, it'll hurt...but if I make it, man, it's gonna be cool, I need your help..."
The whole time I'm praying, I'm looking around: where do I need to land, what angle do I come in at, when do I lift, where will I go when I land, where does my butt need to be...Questions will all know the answer to, but don't always consider...
I go back to the bike, still praying & thinking "God, I want this to be cool...we can do it..."
I clip in one foot and start pumping...the other foot clicks in and I'm building speed...I watch my path and without anything in my head, I start reacting it seems..
I bunnyhop effortlessly, land in the middle and the whole time it feels as if I'm riding on air...just effortless, man...smooth jump, smooth landing...just plain cool...
Ain't it cool how things come together???