Local Unknown was properly handed ride leadership and he took us on some great trails around the qualifier. Some of the trails included rock garden, 1A, and other fire roads leading to and from the lake. Captain punctured his rear tire (lack of sealant) up a climb and it reminded him of his shared flat with Xterric on the Folsom to Placerville ride. Xterric and I offered help to any of the riders that need to install tubeless tires as we both have air compressors. Send us a back channel if interested. At 8:20PM near the lake, Local Unknown handed over ride leadership to the remaining group (Xterric, B, Captain and me). We jointly agreed to complete clockwise lake loop taking the horse trails, towards upper Palin’s. This is when we were greeted by the tarantula spiders. Two were on the lake loop and Captain encouraged them to reside off the trail. After completing upper Palin’s the group attempted the XXX climb by the first dam a few times and returned to the Lot via backdoor. Captain almost rode into 2 webs with 2 more spiders but went around them back to the lot. Long dog was excited and happily greeted us upon our return.
In remembrance of our fallen heroes and brave fellow Americans 11 years ago, someone should have ordered a 9-11-01 but no one took that order. Tacos were great as we were presented with special green salsa to accompany our taco order. It was a great night of riding and everyone had an awesome time!!
On the ride, I realized that I don't have contact information for a few riders so if you're interested in having an informal FT3 directory, let me know in HCF (hidden comment field) and I can put something together and get it out to everyone. This way back channels can include everyone. Thanks!
GPS ride info:
15 miles (I started the GPS late so maybe 15.5 miles)
Departed 6:50PM, 2hr 35 minute total time
4,600 ft climbing