|Pre-ride scene |
at the bonfire site.
By that measure, the evening was a home run. The snow started around 5:00 and by 6:30 it was a near white-out. Awesome. These would have been perfect riding conditions an hour earlier, but now with 4-5" on the ground we knew it would be a challenge.
|One of many stops to |
check the "root."
This is when Mike played the mountain biker shame card.
Looking up at the impossible Quarry climb, he said something like "what's with the defeatist attitude?" There would be no warm Chili and bonfire for us now. No. Now we would have to climb. Damn Riley. So we climbed a lot and we pushed a little and 15 minutes later we were at the top licking our wounds from a few nasty spills but looking forward to a mostly flat ride through open fields back toward home and the chili and the fire. Only those mostly flat open fields were covered by a nasty crust that made pedaling even harder. Sonofabitch. ALmost two hours later the ride ended with a treacherous high-pucker-factor descent through the neighborhood on an unplowed ice-slicked road. Be careful, you are one tiny twitch away from a broken wrist or concussion or worse.
|Fine dining alfresco |
with bonfire in the background
Back at camp the 8' high bonfire pyre was aflame and stoked by the gusty winds and as (the other) Mike said "shit burned, and burning shit fell over, and everything else turned to ice." But that process took a few hours during which we were treated to:
- Brats roasted over the fire (and doing weird things in the fire).
- A new fire jumper filling the void left by a recent retirement. Did he just do what I think he did??
- The competition for best beer presentation (see below)
- Hot chili, then warm chili, then cold chili.
- Bourbon, Root, Snap, and assorted brews.
- A homeless person in spandex. Who is this guy and why is he wrapped in a sheet of plastic?
- Day old donuts
- Freezing rain
|2013 winner of |
Best Beer Presentation
The crowd +1'd to seven (not counting 2 casualties who were unable to make it out of their driveways due to the snow storm but were there in spirit and missed by all) and then the group slowly dwindled until three hard cores decided to throw in the towel around 1:30am. We've done it again.
Oh and yes, the firepit was still smoldering the next day around 2:00pm, twelve hours after the 2013 winner went up in flames.
"I'm going to put my pants on now."
-- Homeless Mexican mountain biker standing outside in freezing rain around midnight at 2013 Bike-Bonfire Beer-a-palooza.