Good Friday?

Elena Gallegos gets a water feature.

Good Friday? I wouldn’t know. It’s too early for a proper review.

Yesterday was a pretty good Thursday, though.

The weather shifted gears a bit, and I was able to give the trees a sip of water and get myself out for 90 minutes of sun worship on the foothills trails.

The Co-Motion Divide Rohloff is a great bike for this sort of thing if you’re not in a rush, which I never am. It goes about 32 pounds with all its bells and whistles, which include drop bars, a rigid steel frameset, and a pair of hefty 50mm Donnelly X’Plor MSO tires.

The cool spring having left me low on mileage and high on a whiter shade of pale, I wasn’t exactly skipping the light fandango in the Elena Gallegos Open Space. At times, especially on the hills, it felt like I was towing a Burley trailer containing 16 vestal virgins, a waiter, and his tray.

A mountain biker yielding trail on a climb shouted, “Hey, gravel bikes!” as I lumbered up. No, it’s a touring bike, I mumbled to myself, and there’s only one of us, shortly before a dude on an actual gravel bike passed me so fast the waiter couldn’t take his drink order.

Speaking of drinks, while railing the corners down Trail 342 bound for 203A, I abruptly found myself facing a water crossing. We’ve been in The Duck! City for nearly nine years now and I don’t think I’ve ever seen water running in this little arroyo.

So, yeah. A good Thursday, for sure. But a good Friday? Don’t ask Herself. Someone buggered something down to the Death Star and she had to go down there, on a day off, to boot a server in the slats.

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17 Responses to “Good Friday?”

  1. Shawn Says:

    Any luck on finding Dom while you were out? But then, I guess that’s an adventure to be taken with compañeros and perhaps some cable and a train.

    I hope Mrs. POG is dutifully compensated ala Davis, Bacon and a half for her off day fubar repair. We need to insure that those who actually run our empire remain happy doing so.

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Didn’t you stop to soak your feet in the running water? It was a little miracle to see, no? Maybe the pope was around the bend waiting to give your dogs a good scrubbing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Il Papa sent his regards and regretted that he was otherwise occupied, since he loves a fine pair of Eyetalian scarpe like my Sidis.

      The socks? Eh, not so much. …


  3. khal spencer Says:

    Lots of snowmelt up here, too. Yesterday was only the second time in four years I had to ford an arroyo down on the rail trail. Deep enough to submerge the bottom bracket, so I probably should check for water still in there.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Last time I rode through running water in a Fanta Se arroyo I stuffed the front wheel into an unseen hole, slid down the top tube, and laid a leg open on a cable guide that really should’ve been somewhere else. Ow wow yow zow.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I did drop the front wheel into a low spot but not serious enough to do a Sacred Endo (given it was Holy Thursday, would presumably have been A Sign).

        But glad there is water in some of these streams. Beats having fire in the forests.

  4. SAO’ Says:

    Don’t go telling everyone about your water find. Someone from California or Nebraska will stake a claim before the electronic ink on this website dries.

    • SAO' Says:

      I forgot how much fun dog ownership is during the spring. Bruno has white paws, or, had white paws, and every 10 minute lap around the neighborhood brings back a kilo of the neighbors’ topsoil.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        When Herself and I are out for a chilly run on frozen trails, the wind blasting sideways out of the north with maybe a bit of sleet for company, I often remark, “Kinda miss walking a dog, huh?” Then I run really fast. Because I have to.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Man, it’s rare enough that you see damp soil a few minutes after a heavy rain. Actual running water? I’m surprised nobody established a santuario on the spot.

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