Ouachita Training Camp
Basking in the afternoon sun, even though it wasn't terribly warm, felt really nice.
So many leafy sections, barky sections, rocky sections, different kinds of rocky sections, creeky sections, and dirty sections. All made different sounds; it would make a nice audio collage.
Speaking of food, in a nice change from the ordinary, we had equal numbers of vegetarians and non-vegetarians on the trip. I served as head chef and was pleased to have a seemingly happy crew of eaters. I made high-protein burritos, channa masala, green Thai curry, and enjoyed perks associated with being the one cooking at night. (Thanks to PC and JV for getting my bike clean every night!) We also had stout floats. Oh yum. Oh, and some folks ate SPAM for breakfast. Seriously.
There were hardly any other BIKES on the trail, let alone any illegal users. We only saw 7 other riders the whole weekend, and 4 of them were friends from KC. Pretty amazing.
We did a lot of nighthike crystal hunting. I'm happy to report I came home with my coat pocket full of shiny little rocks. This sign helped us find our way back to the cabin.
"I'm going to Recoverite before I recover wrong." -Biggs, mixing post-ride drink while also scoping out beer.
Regarding RMCC radio in Mena, AR, featuring music ranging "from the sublime to the ridiculous.": "Are these guys streaming? Because if they're not, we need to get them a Kickstarter to start streaming." -MW
*UPDATE* They are not streaming. This little 500-watt station might need our help. We were continually amazed by its programming.
All in all, it was a great weekend. I feel like my comfort level on singletrack bounced just about back to where it was at the Dakota 5-O, with some technical skills much improved by the different terrain. I've never ridden that many miles of singletrack like that back to back, and that was pretty great, too. Moreover, it felt great, after a few months away from the mountain bike, to absolutely fall in love with riding it all over again. While I love all sorts of riding of bikes, there's a special feeling to ripping through really fast flowy singletrack that is just unmatched by anything else.
But more than anything, it was great to spend time in a beautiful place with such a good blend of people. We took care of each other, had a great time, laughed a lot, and came home with a nice stable of good vibes as we ease out of winter and into spring.
My Week #202 (February 25 - March 3) from nocoastfilms on Vimeo.