Monday, July 6, 2009

The Lair

The Lair is the fairly new skills area near the Phil's Trail Head. There are different types of jumps, drops skinnies, logs etc. You walk to the top and fly (literally down). I have tried this before but it was on the wrong bike. The bike I have now(Trek Fuel EX 9.9) is not really the "right" bike but it is better. I am scared of air, so this is a big challenge. As you can see from the photos there is also a social scene. It goes like this . Walk (or ride) up to the top, fly down trying to get more air and more speed than last time, talk about your exploits to your buddies, maybe watch in amazement to the brave guy flying off the ramp, over the 8 foot gap and making a perfect landing (That is the blur in the photo). Then up again and just try for that 2 foot of air. We were fortunate to be there with this young woman who was quite good on the intermediate line. She was working up her nerve to hit the big jump, just before we left she gave it a try and made it look easy. Fun stuff for sure. I am still scared of air but at least I am starting to know what it feels like, though it will take a new lifetime for me to hit that big one.

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