the best thing for me to keep nutrition/hydration simple stupid. Events in the 2-5 hour range... I can just put a bottle of this down every hour and nothing else.
I also considered doing a short rip at the Backyard Trails while The Pie got a massage on Saturday and then on Sunday, doing the long single speed slog to the Whitewater Center, riding all the trails, and coming home totally spent.
But then I got an email from Kangalangmangus saying that he was heading to Pisgah to ride with April for her birthday happies. I remembered my desire to get back to back weekends on 27.5+ and 29" wheels to see if I could decide what handles Pisgah terrain better. This made sense.
Up early, ride uptown, meet Kangalangmangus and Nick "Dip 'n Spray" Barlow, stop on the way to get April a cake and Nick something made out of potatoes.
After that, we were (almost) wreck-free for the day. Spencer Branch, Middle Fork, Fletcher Creek, and one more jaunt up Wash Creek Road to finish with Trace Ridge.
Birthday girl April.
On the way up Wash Creek Road for the second time, Kangalangmangus was running low on steam. He grabbed the car key and headed back. Everyone else seemed a bit spent as well (a great indicator for all of us doing PMBAR in three weeks), but we pushed on to bag one more descent for the day.
Back at the vehicle, Kangalangmangus was waiting for us. Not only did he bail, he somehow lost his chain. By "lost," I mean he came back with one piece of it. Not one link. Just one plate. That's all he could find.
Break out the cake and post-ride refreshments... after Nick removed a tick from his leg.
Just around the house on Sundays tho.
On the way home, Kangalangmangus whipped into a Burger King drive thru. Before I had a chance to even look at the options, he excitedly shouts "three Angry Whoppers" into the speaker thing and pulls around to the window. Next thing you know, he's telling the cashier that he works for Burger King and that everything that's happening is being video recorded.
And then a forty pound bag of this is handed to us and we drive away.