Ran back up to Oliphant. Should have done this with someone else. Talking would have slowed me down, instead of just pretending to be 20 again for a couple hours. TB2 was pretty easy, not much ground cover to move. This one was MUCH harder. Made heavy use of the hatchet. Also cleared some broom on the single trackContinue reading “2020-04-11, Oliphant — Added TB3 loop”
Couldn’t decide whether to ride or not. Ended up making a short ride up to Oliphant and extending my motoX (TB1 now) loop. Surprised at how easy it was to add another 60+ seconds to the loop. Plan to add more.
Not sure if there was a goal for this ride. We were being fairly careful to try to avoid snow. Success in that regard. Got to James cloud-raker place, found a new track from the high-road that intercepts the Ka-hoor trail. The upper side was rideable, and looks like it is going to be a falling boundary. I’m totally undecided whether that is a good thing or not. It MIGHT survive, but it’s more likely to get completely trashed with blow-downs.
James cut out for Devin’s on the way back, Rob and I ran through to ISTC. I came out of a ditch with way too much height at one point. I was headed for the trees so bailed and took a fall.
Took a bunch of guys through Oliphant. In at the south end, up to my TB1 loop, over to Old Baldy, across to Serious Coffee for a break (and may have dropped the more tired / weaker riders), back in, up the power lines, across to Oliphant and back out the way we came in.
I missed the main group and had a good solo outing up Oliphant way. Marked a new path/shortcut, cleared a bunch of ground around the MX track. Did some “ride by” video work.
Here’s the moto-x loop I talked about, this is the last and quickest lap I had. I suspect I was sitting for a good fraction of it as I was getting tired. Higher resolution version at : https://tbrown.ca/20210313-motox-loop.webm
Certificate of completion officially noted for: Rob T (who asked for his), Alex H, Colin B, Colin K, Chris C, Me, and Todd E.
Route planning and Navigation FAILURE noted for Me. That pass went up to 725 meters. I found it and have run it many times, I should know it’s height, and that 700+ was likely to be “problematic”. I will note that I did stop when the jeep tracks disappeared, and that others rode past me. I wanted to continue, but I did think a discussion was appropriate.
(More scouting needs to be done, the logging co seems to be cutting off routes faster than normal. )
(That was the pass over the shoulder of Mt Muir, from Muir East to Butler.)
Another ride that didn’t match the ride plan. A run up Jacob’s Creek to Kirby, and some playing in the single track around Boyd’s pit.
Tugwell, through to Muir and out. Includes the Tugwell spur alternate track by Bass Lake. Stopped on Muir East to visit the waterfall, which was interesting due to a good five or six inches of heavy snow. Water levels were quite low.Continue reading “2020/01/30 – Tugwell Loop with Chris and co, Snow! (video)”
Cold and clear. Was a frosty morning and I was fighting computers/hard drives so start got delayed to 11 (and I was still late). With the limited daylight it made for a short day.Continue reading “2021/01/23 – Sooke to Shawnigan with James and Rob”