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Love the Leo..except when it rains

Second time out this season at Leominster. We did a ride here at the end of April. Tonight was a little warmer…it was in the 80’s with very high humidity. We were sweating just getting our bikes ready. Of course we were Banquet venting at the time so the heat was there but not oppressive or maybe it was the vents. Regardless, it was stifling out there amonst the trees.

Geo was a no-show. Something about getting ready for a vacation trip to the annual family gathering. If he is like me (and I suspect he is on this aspect), he was very ‘focused’ on getting ready for the trip. I always turn into Mr Hyde just before vacation. My family has learned to just humor me before a vacation trip. That way we get there and everything is fine. I understand, Geo! I’m with you man.

Gringo blew out his brand new shock Wednesday playing with the MoFo’s and their crazy slot course. So…he was left to ride the beast! This bike is his 800 pound downhill style GT Big Hit. Well, maybe not 800 pounds, but close. He set us up saying that he would be suffering throughout the evening riding this PIG, but of course in reality he was fine; running up steep hills at Leo like he was riding an 800 gram bike. He says it weights 45 pounds…I told him that was a third of me and that he should just strap me to his back and carry on. Any true Welch that could stand up after a night at the Mumbles Mile would be up to the challenge! He wasn’t. And the motto of the night turned into “No skills required with the Big Hit”. He would hit anything and come out smelling like roses. I didn’t try so I cannot verify his theory. BTW, here is a link to the Three Sheets episode on Wales. HULU.

We got off on a good note weather-wise but ended up in a torrential downpour and thunderstorm. The last 15 minutes or so was all in a major storm. It’s really hard to see when the rain is beating against your eyeballs. The good part was that it was really easy to see the “line” through the rock gardens just by watching the streams of water navigating downhill. Of course the streams of water will find the most direct route down a rocky hill…you just have to suck it up and get in the stream. And get wet!! And then there were the wet rocks and roots to contend with. It made the last of the ride eventful…and fun.

Here is the course detail as uploaded to Garmin Connect. We went 6.46 miles in 1:38:26 ride time averaging 3.9 mph for the ride. If you’ll notice the loop is not complete. The data starts at one point and ends at another. Well…I forgot to start the Garmin until we were already into the ride, so tack on another 1/4 mile and maybe 5 minutes. Here is a detailed map from Google Earth and here is the KMZ file to open in Google Earth to take a closer look at the loop. I also included a topo map version and the topo KMZ overlay. Open the topo KMZ file in GE and then open the regular KMZ file and they appear together.

Banquet venting and hot sausages in the garage after. Mmmm, and of course the Chinese ketchup. Good ride!! i just remembered that Gringo still owes me money.



2003 Specialized Enduro Expert
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double


2 comments to Love the Leo..except when it rains

  • Homey D Clown

    We are venting today on Lost Shaker of Salt II! Got to love the Frost Brewed Venting!

  • Homey D Clown

    Sounds like a good ride. Happy to hear that the water shows you the way through the rock fields.

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