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Leave it to Lowhell

Leave it to Lowhell to put the first scratch on my brand new Specialized.  Lowhell as in the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest.  That’s where we rode last Wednesday.  And that’s where I did my endo that may in fact have put a scratch on my Carbon Fiber.  Dammit.  It’s like when you get your first ding in a brand new 4×4 SUV…now you can drive it like it should be driven (through mud, over rocks, through heavy brush), without worrying about getting it scratched.

I didn’t actually check because I was too tired at that point to think about it.  I am just assuming that there is something there because I hit the rock pretty hard.  And if I think there is a scratch there, then I can now enjoy the bike.  Up until that point the bike was performing like a champ.  Did I ever mention in this blog that it is a very plush ride?  More on the crash later.

The last time I was in Lowhell was back on September 4, 2008 when I had to get home to feed the cats.  It seemed like a long time ago when I was riding but I had no idea it was that long.  I think the gang rode it without me this year.  I heard the story of TiCruz breaking his derailleur and having to limp to a McDonalds to wait for Geo and the gringo to finish their ride and pick him up.  I’m going to start carrying 20 bucks with me for those occasions…just in case.

It was a beautiful night for a ride.  It was about 70 degrees with no humidity.  It was just Nat and the gringo and me.  TiCruz is living it up out west somewhere.  I’m sure we will hear about it soon but I haven’t seen any pictures yet.  There is a lot of different terrain in Lowhell. As I have said before there is some nice technical rocks, twisty singletracks, and long fire roads.  We do a smattering of each.  I was doing alright until I followed the gringo a little too closely over a series of small rock drops.  I wasn’t prepared for the second rock and my front tire didn’t feel like rolling onto the ground after it.  This left me carrying through the process with no forward motion.  In other words me and the back tire carried on over the rock, over the handlebars, and onto the ground in front of the bike.  Endo.  I smashed my forearm on the ground which left a big egg.  It was sore the rest of the ride and pretty much zapped the energy out of me for the remaining miles.  It’s still kind of tender a week later.

Don’t worry.  I’ll get over it.

Nat had a flat along the way.  Nice poetry. Here goes…

Nat had a Flat.
Not because he’s Fat.
His bike is all of That.
All cracked frame and Shat.

Copyright, 2010, Slim Poetry, curtissweb.com

Here is the course data and map as uploaded to Garmin Connect.  We went 9.79 miles in 02:13:23 for an average speed of 4.4 mph.  I hit a maximum speed of 17.8 mph on a downhill.  The maps from last time I rode to this time look slightly different.  We added a little more length to the ride but did it a little slower.  Must have been the spill and the flat tire that accounted for the slower pace.

The gringo provided the banquet venting for the evening.  TiCruz is on vacation again as I mentioned.  We’re thinking mid-state Westminster loop tomorrow.  Should be excellent as usual.  At some point this summer we are going to pick up the jonnysha for a burn.  If he would stop traveling for work.



2009 Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double


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