Was booked on biggies Dissa explore when I saw Huski post a hazelwood ride. I love this spot so much I thought I'd jump ship to help out. Not so sure it was a good idea on my behalf as I woke up to alarm at 6.40, only to be woken up at 7.20 by my lovely wife. I should have stayed in bed!
Ring Huski as I pass Longwarry about 10mins behind and beeline to unload. Let dale know that I can show him around thinking the lvl3 loop that has yet to be completed. Meet huski's mate mick and new to the forum Grant. No vests needed just keep together.
1st track has some puddle whoops which gets the toes to the point of frostbite. I'm trying to hard to go fast but no groove. Wait like ten seconds to go straight into next track. All good so onto next part. Somehow I can't find the right fork in the track, past it a little while back and mick seems to have disappeared. Can't hear him so think he's had a tumble. Make it back to where we last saw him but nowhere to be seen. Seconds later he comes up another trail, only to find out he went the way we should have. Take two and I still can't find the right fork. Think I'm still asleep!
No prob with the 1st climb like we had last time so onto more fun tracks. Wait at the end and mick's gone missing again. I'm sure there's no other fork in the road so head back only to hear there's a bear in the woods doin somethin no one's ever seen.
Find the new left trail that seems to never end with these trails almost ice like which given the extra sat night downpour a new level on its own. By this time all of us are pretty close with me still trying to find a groove.
Traverse to the sandy loam which gives me some confidence and lots of fun for everyone. The end of which snaps me back to reality. Slippin everywhere when trails go back to ice. I can hear huski's 2t ready to pounce and fly past me which later on he shows how you just hit it and hold on.
We do the trails to the creek track but not knowing this to well we find a climb worthy of l3 status. Grant tries first. I'm next on another line. We both fail. So have a break and try again. Huski flies past before I can get a photo and gets past our attempts with ease. We hear him try and try. Bike stalls, kick it up and singing like only 2ts can. Grant tries again bit points like he wants the pearly gates to open up. Makes a graceful landing himself but not his stead. Think his airbox decides to suck some oil out of his engine. Lucky there's no damage done. We chicken track it back to where we find Huski almost to the top. Seems the hardest part was the start and the end. Photo doesn't do it justice but imagine this. I'm about 5-6 metres above him and he's about 40 metres away. Saw him make his second attempt only to fall 3 metres from the top. No way to drag it up with the near vertical lip so he turns around. Absolutely no shame in being the only one to make it that far.
Find the hill near the start of the creek track and try this l2 hill. Huski flies past me and cross ruts, stops gets going. Can't get past him. Both get goin and for the first time on this hill get stuck. Try twice more but fail. Really should have stayed in bed. Mick and grant watch on at the washout. I'm buggered so give them a go. I think grant has a crack but really need momentum or a 450 to do it. Lucky for mick it's the 450 and straight up. Leaves grant and I to it. Take turns each and I fluke it. Grant has another go and decides to start from the bottom and fly up it.
Next part is the climb and descent. I've never had problems before on these but then again I should have stayed in bed. Gotta be the extra rain from the week. Mmmmmm no one else seems to be having this much trouble. Still asleep then. 3 goes and I'm still having gumby moments.
Finish with some l2 climbs instead of the l3 climb I have planned for the l3 loop. The last for the day is huski's attempt at the l3 climb near the cars. Makes it to a few metres from the top but momentum ain't on his side. Decide to try to attempt it but when I get to the bottom of it decide not to as a. I'm buggered from the gumby day I've had. B. Thought the run up was smoother. C. I'm riding this week on a secret mission to do at least the 60k loop for l3.
Thanks Huski for posting ride up. Great to ride with ya and show how it's done. Good to meet ya mick. Welcome to ride again. Good to meet ya Grant and welcome to the forum. Def at least 2+ if not 3 for level. Keep a watch out for some l3 step up rides. Should be a few coming up.