Saturday, April 13, 2024

A Bitter Disappointment


It was a ride in the making all week long after Tuesday's roll through Leduc and then Wednesday's fun Cameron to Fort Edmonton run. I had planned on a big ride out throughout the city and river valley. 

I had planned on sixty to eight but I think right in the middle somewhere in the seventy km range would be quite respectable. I started at Wagner High school for a different change and avoided the ever so tempting Mill Creek and followed the valley line until it made a hard left towards the ski club.

I kept going straight towards the Ewok area and took the paved and feeling very good so far and knew it was going to be a great day.

I crossed the cutest river crossing in Edmonton and passed through Dawson park and climbed up into the trees and did not have any clue which way I wanted to go. 

* Keep going straight? 

* Climb out into town? 

* Make an abrupt U turn and maybe find that old haunted hospital?

*  The singletrack seems ready. Explore some of the good stuff?

All that ended abruptly when my front tire quit holding air and I had to spend about an hour trying to seal up a split near the valve stem. It was a very annoying process and yes my pump did go flying into the bush at pone point. 

The spirit of the ride was dead. Plus I didn't trust my shitty patch job so I knew I had to split for home which was fine cause the whole ordeal was ridiculous. On the plus side it looks like the singletrack is open in most areas which drastically changes tomorrow's plans. 

A shame about this one though. Saturdays have not been top notch since starting the new job and I know they will turn around. This would have been the first top notch Monday to Friday Saturday ride. 

Stupid tubes... 

no tire leavers which i found later in my enormous pack but an ipod did the trick

this stuff looks ready kids! boo ya! 

 

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