Mayday, Mayday, We’re going down!

[Note from Munky: Nasty pictures of injuries ahead if squimish look away now]

I am once again humbled by the trail gods, I have clearly not been paying them enough attention.

Maybe because I have been riding on the road so much they thought that I must be punished,

Maybe it is because they have not had their pound of flesh [literally] from me for the use of their domain and they saw fit to take it at that moment,

Maybe they just wanted blood!

What ever their reasoning and as a mere mortal man it would be impossible and heracy for me to assume that I know or understand the reasoning of the gods. Yesterday I binned it….. at speed!

I was almost home on the XC route from work and had just enjoyed a fast descent through the field path, dropped the knee and took the 90° turn at speed with a nice amount of rear wheel slide.

I strightened up and hammered the cranks for home,

On the path there are two options a smooth thin line or a rough wide line. I chose the smooth thin line….. i chose poorly.

The thin line as but one flaw a series of humps that are usually fun to ride, but this time I made a fatal error. I looked where the trail disappeared into the creek.

Now I have learned that usually where I look the bike will go…… and it did.

Once the front wheel had slipped down this route I was buggered! I turn to try and retrieve it but the bank was too steep and off I went.

The front wheel stuck, I carried on as i was doing about 15mph at the time and landed knee and shoulder first. OUCH!

[and now what you’ve all be waiting for…… the damage]

Of course being the keen blogger I am I instantly whipped out the camera to take some pictures of the injuries for this post…. sad ain’t it.

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Instant damage

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So today, I got back on the stead and rode the same bit no problems at all. I hope that the gods are now satisfied with their offering of blood [hopefully it’ll be enough for the season]

Slippy Slidy Ouch!!!

It was gorgeous on the way to work this yesterday morning. Really makes riding worthwhile when you conquer a hill and are rewarded with a sky like this!

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It is muddy out there! Autumn is well and truly here as i ventured out into some of my rougher trails on the way home from work and I got muddy, the usual rough tracks were sloppy messes and the usual cross field routes were so muddy so boggy that I was pedalling hard to go down a 1:3 hill!

At the bottom the back end of the bike was all over the place i was trying my upmost to keep a steady rythem and the Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires were working over time find grip where there was none, in the end I realised there was a much more solid line to follow to the right, I tried to cross over to this line but at a much too shallow angle and a grip disappeared! Wheels sliding every where, brakes work stopping the wheel turning momentum continues and smack into a big thorn bush full of big thorns!

OUCH!!!!

Very muddy, gumpy and in a reasonable amount of pain due to the huge thorn I’d pulled out of my hand and the sound kicking my pedals had given my legs!

Conclusion it is too muddy to go all cross country routes, just stick to the well established tracks.

But damn it was beautiful in the morning!

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