The ankle was feeling a little better, so a couple of days ago I put on my
trusty old brace, slapped on the MX boots, and took the beast out for a ride.
I haven't been over the Gap in about 10 years now, so after doing much of the
bike set-up work I wanted, I decided to take it for a test spin to the top
of Charouleau Gap. Found that pretty easy, so I went further. And further.
And wow... the lower road, on the other side, has gotten really, really
tough. It was never all that easy, but since the fire, I think the floods
afterwards must have washed the stream beds down badly. Boulder fields were
a 1/4 mile long in places. Beach ball sized engine smashers everywhere. A
lot of work, but a lot of fun, too.
The new KTM is really something. Ran
like a champ, tons of torque and a fantastic suspension. Now, if only the
rider was in better shape... :)
Nice cool water flowing in the upper reaches of the CDO stream.