Hanmer for the weekend. Got out and did a short loop with my boys, about half an hour, then dropped them back at the house and took off for my own ride. Together we did Swamp and Swoop, H doing well on the climb, and pretty cool on the descent, and O just flying the lot of it, both really enjoying the downhill.
Dropped them back at the house, and headed up Chalet Cres, finding my way firstly down a long drive to a house, turning around and then cutting through onto a walking track down to the end of Swoop. From here I went up Timberlands, huffing and chuffing like crazy, then up Jolliffe Saddle Track, gasping and grovelling the top few tens of metres. Had a rest at the top here, and then headed off down Upper Dogstream to the first bridge. Awesome descent, with some really tight trees for the wide bars.
Across the bridge and up to Bigfoot, climbing away zigging and zagging like crazy up through the forest, then ducking out into the open on every second corner whilst gaining more and more height. Descending, this trail with it's aspect and views reminded me a lot of K2 in Rotorua, except there were none of the log-droppy challenges that K2 had. Heaps of fun, and had me wondering when it was gonna stop it went on for so long.
Out to the road and down a little to the entrance of Detox. As usual, seemingly long climb up and around then I had a nice rest and ate the only food I had in the shade of a tree. Off again, and a nice blast down, nearly having a mishap or two, but not quite, and blitzing it down, and across the road straight into Mach 1. Nice ups and downs along here, kept my speed up and pedaled hard on the climbs.
Across the road onto Camp Track, and finding a brand new trail off here. Headed into it, freshly gravelled, and under-bermed corners meant keeping speed was hard, but it was quite fun, albeit very easy. It seemed to go for ages, looping out then back, with a couple of nice descents, very short, and short climbs back up to the level. Eventually it spat me back out onto Camp Track, and so headed along here and then up the Dog Stream Track to half way or so, and up the road to Jolliffe Saddle again.
From here, headed into Red Rocks, climb climb, false descent, final climb, then bombing... rocks and fun. Grabbed Eeny Meeny, then chose Meeny this time (had taken Eeny the last two times (and just now realised these last two options should be called Miney and Mo)).
Back out to the road and decided randomly to head back up Swamp, then stupidly all the way up Pawson's Rd, which was a nightmare due to the logging that's gone on - think: extremely churned up mud by big machinery and logs, turned hard by drying out... nasty. From here it was Tank Track down, swooping and weaving and launching, lots of fun, and then straight onto Flax Gully Trail down. Don't remember ever riding it this way, (but may have back with Al years ago), short climbs, but mostly nice, and back out to Jacks Pass Rd, and bombed down (nearly 60kph on the gravel) back to town, straight to the bakery to fill my starving belly.
24.5 kms and 600 m gained. Felt like more, I guess cos the climbs are mostly pretty steep, even tho never that long or high in themselves. Highlights are Bigfoot, Tank, and Red Rocks... all three by far my favourites up there. I considered doing two laps of Bigfoot, but alas... Was feeling really good the whole way, even tho I was a bit seedy to start, but climbing Pawsons really killed me, made me starving and tired.