Monday, February 27, 2017

Put the Tire and the Taco? in Fat Tuesday

The snowy conditions in Pollywood are reminiscent of Fat Tuesday 2011. The wind was especially strong that year.

I'm guessing we'll encounter some cold puddles, slush, and rideable snow. One of those protect your toes sort of nights. Might be too cold to stand around in the Lot afterwards, even with a fire going.  What says the Comment Field?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Heads Up

This past Tuesday was a diverse display of wets and colds. Receiving word that B would be late, Fro and I opted for the warmth of the Knot and a rye to collect our thoughts. But the Knot was busy and we had outfitting to attend to, so we quickly returned to the shelter of the ez-up. Slush was dumping from the sky. I taped the cuffs of my waterproof socks, Fro opted for full rain pants.

(snow accumulation while we dressed)
We did a short and freezing, soggy loop then returned to meet B. The wintery mix let up while he kitted, and soon we were back out in the elements; climbing into crunchy snow, then bombing back down into rain, crashing through swollen streams and frozen brush resistant as linebackers.

After changing out of water logged layers we returned to the Knot, that now gave us a proper reception.
If you weren't there last night you might now know what it looks like to sauce a chickenbake, french fry taco.

The FT3 Fat Tuesday Working Group proposed to the Knot Hole staff* that we repeat last year's arrangement, where we grill hot dogs in the parking lot and drink our own beers. They enthusiastically supported the idea. We'll see what the weather holds, but plan on hurricanes, short ride, maybe some trail work, and parking lot bonfire.

*Mother Rye was at the Casino.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Oh! The Wind and the Rain

From the bro-haul loading to the cheesecake gorging, last week was a bromantic Valentine's Day where everyone in the threesome got satisfied.

Tonight would be a good time for a big crew. Listening to the howling winds last night, I could only think of all the trees that FT3 will need to clear off our trails.

And while Hangtown Creek may have overtopped again, it looks like the rain will quit just before ride time. Probably still too wet for Peter, but everyone else should be good.

Lots of other activities in the works:
A motion was made to have a standing weekend Pollywood Ride. It may not be as popular while the resorts are still open, but if you ride your bike during the weekend either tell Cappy about it or keep it a secret.

Next Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. Anyone in attendance will be requested to procure one of the hurricane ingredients. I'll get the passion fruit juice and the pitcher. We still need light rum, grenadine, dark rum, simple syrup, orange juice, limes, ice (Knot Hole) and cups.

Long Ride/Backcountry Ski Day. I've got either the 19th, 25th, or 26th of March open for a full day of adventure, and am looking for a partner in crime.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

VDFT3 Report

The MacAskill of Cheesecake

The trails were almost as good as the dessert. Cap led nocar and me on a fine ride that of course had a cold dose of paved downhill right out of the gate.  We had hot peppered fries, some top shelf heat, the usual cans of riding fluid, a touch of rye, and some pretty good pie.  Happy Birthday Fro, you are only 20 in hair years.

Fat Tuesday is fast approaching.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Well, I couldn't resist posting this for you guys to enjoy.  May it be or not be the call out, really doesn't matter.  Here he is again, doing what many FT3ers wish they could.

Remember when we all tried just getting on and off a picnic table?

Enjoy.  This is Malcolm's new favorite movie, and mine too.

Great song, awesome riding, great scenery - it's what it's all about.  I wonder how many bikes it takes to make a movie like this?

If this is the call out, then I hate to say it, OUT.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The snow was soft at the Pollywood resort last week. Having each member of the pack in their own gear brought an unprecedented level of performance, and we cruised up the climbs and hooted down the descents. Strong man "No Skins" Unknown Local was the picture of grace in his scale-less, skin-less AT gear.

And the Knott was very happy to see us before 10:30. So, happy they handed out three aces and a service beer.

This week will be a completely different story.

Looks like we'll get a little under half an inch during ride time. But, with the temperature a steady 46F, the arctic wetsuit won't be necessary.