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Old 03-31-2013, 10:24 AM   #93
What will break next
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Location: Colonial Beach VA
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Another quick trail ride took us back to the compound.

After a quick break Del offered up a after class trail ride to any who wanted to go. It ended up being a 15 minute loop out through areas we rode earlier in the day along with a few others. This ride gave you a chance to use just about everything we went over during the day. Some of the areas were a bit more challenging than the class exercises.

Tired, t-shirt soaked and feeling great I stripped off my gear, grabbed my shower kit and headed for the rain locker…they had a couple indoor showers, but the main showers were outside. When I came around the back of the building to the deck the showers were on, I was a bit surprised to find 5 shower heads and an open deck. The view of the back 40…that was “the” not “Their” was pretty impressive. The showers had plenty of hot water and a wide open view of the California country side. The combination of hot water and cool breeze was invigorating…and for the record, I didn’t see a single bar of soap.

After getting cleaned up, I headed to the Dakar Bar for happy hour. As I mentioned before, it was an open bar all weekend. They had a variety of beers, sodas and spirits. Plenty of conversations starting with “did you see whens…” or “I can’t believe I did that’s”. Everyone had their story from the day’s riding…all in all a great bunch that was interesting to be with.

Pretty soon after the cooks brought out appetizers, and a bit after that it was time for dinner. I’m not one of those “food porn” guys so no pictures of the fantastic food. But it was damn good and if you went away hungry it was your own fault. Stephanie made sure everyone was happy and got enough to eat.
After dinner, Jason explained to us the tradition of “highs and lows”. Everyone was asked to give their “high” of the day and their “low” of the day. As we went around the room, people found it easy to come up with their highs, but the lows seemed to take a bit more work.

For me, my high was the “ah-ha” moment of learning about either engine braking or foot braking on the down hills. My low was getting used to the rental bike.

After dinner, people either headed to their bunks or gathered by the fire. I headed to bed…I was whooped

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