Ever get the feeling you're not meant to ride some days?
Have done a couple of cruisey rides on the new bike so wanted to try something a bit more challenging to continue getting to know it. In saying that, for me that only means L2/maybe a slow 2+. Was going to be riding solo so I always go slower and more cautiously on my own, but on tracks I know well. Gear up mostly, pull the bike out to warm up - hang on no front break at all. Fix that, check the rear - no rear brake either so have to fix that too. Strange since the brakes had only been bled and topped up the ride before and were working fine when I parked it. 2 fails already.
Finally get going, love the fact that this bike actually has some suspension compared to the ttr. Duck down the first trail that has lots of little fallen obstacles and last I rode it several boggy bits. Was dry as a nuns nasty this time so no mud, but was dusty and leaf covered so sliding down hills. Made it over several small logs until a new one had fallen that size-wise would have normally gone over, but was suspended a foot off the ground. Round I go pushing and swearing through the brush.
The next two trails were the ones I specifically wanted to try, all up and down with not much flat. The first is a steep decent that was loose complicated by an angled log, down all ok. The ascent is steep, long and has erosion mounds to contend with so I was excited to see how the new bike pulled. Up she went like a champ with me smiling all the way. Bit of flat transfer then down the next. Even more sliding rutty descending until I come to a bigger fallen tree this one a couple of feet above ground. Pushing through the brush on the side again, but on quite the slope this time. Need a 5 min breather. Off again, up a steep ascent with a sharp right that I feel myself drift a bit round - been wanting to learn cornering like that so stoked.
Continue on and look down to check my trip - dash is dead! Over the next few minutes of more rocky up and down it goes on and off but completely wrong speed jumping all over the shop and not sure the trip is counting right. They say things come in 3s so maybe that would be it but who knows. Not wanting to tempt fate further a few kms more and joined the dirt road home, only about half the ride done.
3 failures, but a whole bunch of fun too.