Needed to be home by 11, so left home before 8am, drove to Paul(deSp)'s and we parked over in Bowenvale Ave. Headed around the road and up Major Aitken Drive, then up Kenmure. Paul's just gotten a new (to him) bike, but it only had slicks on it, which we let some air out of once we were up on the gravel. But they sure were noticeably fast on the seal... Up the gravel of Huntsbury and then short detour up onto the singletrack for the final bit of climb through to the landing strip and then on up to the top.
Onto the Traverse. Nice roll across here, Paul really enjoying it, with his skills-of-old coming back to him. Been more than 10 years since he's had an off-road bike. Under Sugarloaf and then into Vic Park, down past the see-saw and down the rabbit paddock into the rock garden and into the gums. My usual favourite lines down through here and out to the skidder. Then into Spazza's, winding our way down and Brent's, taking the right-hand direct route, which slips into the bottom 50m or so of Rad^Sick. Then into Bridges and Flow or whatever and down the valley.
Into Hidden Valley Link track, I cleaned the creek crossing and bit after, then the first hairpin. Second hairpin, however, caught me out. Onwards and upwards, relishing the climb and the top couple corners, which Paul didn't do so well on. Out to Old Skool and down this, lots of fun, pumping and weaving the way down here and out, back to the car.
1 hour 9 minutes riding, 14 kms, and just shy of 500m climbed. Back to his place for a coffee just after 10, and I was home well before 11.