7:00 AM at Rosaryville State Park. It's a couple of the usual Family Bikes LBS ride regulars, plus a dog or two and whoever else wants to show up. Jon will be on his new fixed gear Soma 29'er, so come on out and be prepared to be awed. Or to laugh at Jon, depending on how it goes. I'm a bit in awe for him even trying fixed gear MTB, no matter how riding it turns out.
[Update: it was great. LBS regular and local roadracer Sue E. - who protested pre-ride that she's not strong and really tentative on an MTB - made a couple of the boys cry on the handful of long uphills at Rosaryville, and then cleared the see-saw that Lee and John had bought down to play with. Just as on roadrides, there's a clear moral in this story: Never, ever, ever, believe Sue when she starts giving you the pre-loaded excuses before a ride. Jon also blew us away by riding his scorcher, a Soma 29'er that he converted to roll fixed gear. He did really well on it and only seemed hindered on a couple of the trick sections - the U-shaped skinny log section being one. Lee and John, for their part, impressed me by riding their blood alcohol levels down to legal limits by ride's end. Some day I hope to be able to party like Lee - you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain the damage to your liquor cabinet. Tim made his first MTB ride since breaking his back and having an agonizing 6 hour ordeal to get off the mountain at the SM-100. Sean rolled strong, taking another step on the way from fat overworked guy back towards Sean the huge fit cyclist. And Tom crashed while chasing a deer, landing God-knows-where, while his bike landed upside down in a tree. A fun ride, like Rosaryville usually is, with as many interesting stories as there were riders. My story? Nothing major, just I'm finding I can roll over most log barriers and more or less keep up with the group. Not terrible for a fool on his 5th or 6th MTB ride, after a 12 year non-MTBing background. Not good, per se, either; but in the grand scheme of things good enough to make me happy.]