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El Corte de Madera Creek - October 18, 2009

Distance: 12.31 miles Ascent: 2654 feet Moving time: 1:50 hours

We got invited to ride with some of Anna's friends at El Corte de Madera Creek (Skeggs). We met Thomas, Vanessa, Yervan (sorry if I misspelled that) and Mel in the parking lot. Thomas brought a surprise: a brand new Ibis Mojo for Vanessa and Anna to try out. It was a pretty sweet black full carbon bike. After a bit of fitting and adjusting for Vanessa, we were off on the first of two loops.

We headed up Fir, down Manzanita and Timberview to Giant Salamander. We went down, crossed the creek and then up on Methuselah to North Leaf and the end of El Corte de Madera Creek. We returned to the parking lot by climbing up Resolution and Fir. It seemed like we made pretty good time but it was clear that Anna's friends are a bit faster than we are.

We returned to the parking lot to put Anna's bike in the truck, re-adjust the Mojo to fit her and talk a few people into doing another, shorter loop. In a few minutes we were back on the trails. This time we did a fast descent on El Corte de Madera Creek and returned on Resolution and Fir. A few people commented that they felt better on the second loop than on the first.

In spite of the heavy rains on Tuesday, the trails were in great condition today. There were only a few damp spots (though we avoided Sierra Morena on the assumption that it was still soaked) and no downed trees or branches. There was plenty of leaf litter on the ground and the dust was completely gone, so it was clear that a storm had been through.

As a post-ride treat, we went to the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for a fish fry. We stuffed ourselves with halibut, fries, cole slaw and beer while listening to music and petting the local dog. I don't think any of us could eat any more when we left. Other than being unusually cold, we had a great time and supported a worthy cause.

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