Finally got out for a ride... A week in Fiordland, then family time all week. Couldn't join Steve and others on their meander today, so got out a little later after dropping H off at a friend's. Parked just above the hairpin on Worsleys Rd and headed up the singletrack next to the road. Hung a right and having a look found that there is no longer an entrance to my old favourite, Utopia. So, jumped into Farside for a quick blast down. This is still fun, and less open ground so less overgrown than OneShotLucy (which I rode down later on). Fun to the bottom and then back up the grinding climb, this time continuing on up on the grass beside the road and up the next bit of overgrown-by-long-grass singletrack and then up the road proper, Jet loping along side me all the way.
Headed through the gate from the carpark and up the singletrack-doubletrack up into the relief of some shade in the trees. Ground up the steeps and clambered onwards and upwards, noting all the exits from above as I climbed. Up round and through Braille and up to the top to find a whole bunch of bikers resting, including a dog (and it's accompanying rider) Nelson and me saw another time right here. I headed off down the newby that travels below the Worsley main-drag, bombing down and ticking off the entrances to the alternative routes down, choosing number 3 (or 4, depending), and blasting down it. It's one of the shorter ones, spitting you out onto the 4wd climber in no time.
Back up the 4wd climbing track, and back up through Braille and there're all the riders again... Jet talked to the other dog this time, and tried to have his way with her - dirty boy. Back into the singletrack again and a sweet blast, all the way on the high line all the way to the end this time, finding some of the riders at the bottom again (weird). I walked up the steep walking bit to the jumpy trail entrance and the blitzed down this, popping some of the jumps but not the big ones and not the fence gap, again. Down through the lower section, more popping and weaving and out the bottom then up to Epitaph and riding down this to the carpark.
Jet got a nice drink (belonging to the other dog, methinks), from an icecream container that I kept refilling, and he had a wee rest here too. Then I made him follow me down the road, not rocketship fast like usual, as I didn't wanna get too far ahead of him, then down the overgrown-by-long-grass singletrack and down the roadside into the Farside zone, this time blitzing down OneShotLucy, all the way. Man, it's overgrown now, moreso than the other week with Nelson. Finally the last climby bits and back down to the car. Hot and bothered, jetty panting happily but me a little worried about his heat.
Only 12.35 kms, and only 468 m climbed... but they wuz steeeeep(ish)