Wow, wow, wow. What a great time was had at the JedFest (Photo-John's name for the shindig). Gorgeous weather, trails in prime condition, many new faces and what seemed like hundreds of familiar faces graced D-ville campsites and trails over the weekend for the MTBR Gathering, graciously hosted by Zonic Man (Jed) and Cruizy.
Friday: Rides, rides, rides. I'll let others describe the rides they went on. The first pics are from Pete's Mt. Elwell ride. Fantastic scenery, lots of hike-a-bike. One serious crash by Jed, who hit his head and spent the rest of the weekend drooling into a cup. Yeah, helmets save lives, but now look at him! Some may say it's an improvement.
Saturday: More rides- the one I was on encompassed Pauley Creek (http://www.sierratrails.org/pages/traillist/pauleycreek.html
) 2x and a couple of the Divides. Fricking awesome trails up there. I had a perma-grin on my face the whole time coming down Pauley. Many thanks to the kind folks who volunteered their time to shuttle us- Jed, Frank, Photo-John, the TROG boys and the rest of you- you know who you are). Later that night, a totally b!tchin' party on Downieville's main street ensued, with entertainment courtesy of the TROGS. Sumo Bike, aka two contestants on small bikes in a ring, circling and trying to make the other rider make a fatal mistake. (Somewhere out there is a video of Cruizy heading directly towards her unnamed opponent and hitting her dead-on, drawing blood. Woohoo!! The crowd went nuts!!)
Two kegs of beer (Hefe Weizen and Red Horse Ale) were provided by Capm & the Sacramento Brewing Company- nice score on that end, Jed. Thanks, SacBrew! Dee-lish!
Low on the list of "entertainment" is the bluegrass band who impotently fiddled as the Sumos burned.
Sunday was a disappointment, as far as attendance was concerned. Several small groups went out to ride, but many more people headed for home, citing prior engagements or hangovers as excuses. Hope to read reviews of Sunday rides soon.
Sorry if I left folks out of this post, but I'm operating on one cylinder here. I missed my nap today.
I'm sure I left some very important stuff out, and I apologize in advance.
Great to see all my old friends, and great to meet the new ones. Enjoy the pics, and please add to this writeup!
Gary, aka fp
1) Elwell. Push!!!
4) Pete's friend (sorry).
5) Alyse and the Fox fork she won at the party (one of two
sweet Fox forks given out!). Man, there was some good sh!t being given away. Jed- please list the parties we should thank for this healthy swag bounty.
Edit: Woah- I forgot to mention the ten-year-old boy and girl who were making out in the back of a jeep we were following on the way to a ride. They were doing some stuff that I only learned last year! Whew.