Home with the boys for school holidays cos T was back at work today, so Nelson came to mine and we ate a little then headed out to Scumner. Parked again in Slumnervale and headed up the Captain, not quite slow pace we'd had last week with Craig, but probably not much faster, as I was gasping down the air as usual. I nearly offed on the wee descent before the rocky challenges, having dropped my front wheel into a dip or behind a rock badly, and only just got it under control, with visions of myself toppling head first down the steep hill onto more rocks. Adrenalin pumped big time... Walked the usual bits and rode everything else, including cleaning one bit I haven't cleaned in years... Eventually the Summit Rd was reached and across Evans Pass we trundled.
Into Godley, cleaning the easy climb and then the beginnings of me-not-doing-very-well began. I proceeded to dab a bunch of times on the various rocky outcrops that ensued, balance all off, and struggling with power. Made it in the end and found I wasn't that far behind Nelson towards the end. Brief regroup and then off down towards Livingston Col with a bunch of parasailers floating about above the last (fast) section of track. Man we hooned down there. The track's seen some work so is really fast again, swooping through to the cool swoopy bits. Then Nelson flatted. At least, got a hole in his tire the the goop didn't fix. Waited for ages, perched on the hillside, watching the parasailing people catching updrafts of the persistent easterly. But no, it wasn't going to heal itself, so he pulled it off and whipped in a tube. Off again and down through Livingston, then climbing again. Good wee climb this. I remember in the past I used to hate it but it's really pretty short now. Over the top and around, gravel a little sketchy around here then onto sweet trail flying tailwind to the last bend and around to PFMTBC Rock, Nelson launching it and not even touching the rocks on the down side of it, me picking the line and kinda floating down them on my back wheel.
Next into Anaconda. Fuck. What a fucking debacle that is. Who the fuck did that. Stupid fucking highway of gravel, not so bad for a start, but in the corners it's just like riding on ballbearings, skittery as all shit. Glad to be off it, and onto dirt again and the speed increased again. Nelson jetted on ahead, but I somehow managed to keep him at least in sight until the 'Tail, where he vanished and I didn't see him til much further down it, disappearing around the last corner... Nice run down this, especially the floaty bit in the grass above the walking track, tail wind and smooth runnings. Not so bad through the rock sections and then was flying down to the paddock and out to the carpark.
Climby climb climb, delayered at the first corner, then climb climb, into the zig-zag singletrack that took us back up to the Godley Head Rd. Fricking steep, I walked a section along the fenceline near the top, but rode everything else, huffing and chuffing. Around the road and up the track back to the Godley Track, where we pointed our noses into the sun and rode like the wind. I was doing okay but then I started to muppet my way along, and had good and bad moments down to Evans.
Across the pass again and into the Captain. Nice blast down this, both of us rolling really well, cleaning everything (except the climb) and then Nelson flatted down in the lower zig zags, just before the turn-off to the Cabbage Tree diversion. I rode on, having a sweet blast down round the cabbage tree, and he nursed it down til he walked out. I waited at the stile, then we cruised slowly down back to the car.
Ride time 1 and half hours, 17.6 kms, 712m climbed...