After a three year hiatis I decided that 2014 was the year to revive the Aussie Diaries. A lot has happened in three years, but some things stay the same. I’m still the same mountain bike obsessed girl I was in 2011 and the Muddbunnies are still a huge part of my life. With almost everything else in my life being in flux it’s nice to have a couple of constants. So let’s get this started by playing catch-up.
2011 – 2012 in short hand
For those of you that followed my original blog, I never did make it to 200 days of riding, I did make it to 197 though, so figured I’d make the magic number in 2012. Somewhere along the way though, the number stopped being that important, so although I didn’t stop counting, making it to 200 just stopped being so damn important. No, it didn’t happen in 2012 either, but by that stage I don’t think it actually mattered to me any more. I got another 193 amazing rides in that year if you are wondering.
Last year I decided to drop the 200 days off my table (Yes I still counted how many I do though) Over the past couple of years I think I’ve finally managed to appreciated the concept that it really is the quality of the ride, and not the number of them that means the most.
Last year began with a trip to Sedona, situated in the middle of the Arizona red desert. For me it almost felt like I was back in outback Australia, the same red dirt, epic open landscape and that sense of beautiful emptiness. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Sedona, I highly recommend it, especially as a winter escape. Even in early February the weather was warm, well except for the first day when it snowed on us, and the trails are like nothing you will find on the Shore. Not as technical, but the exposure on some of the trails had me a little nervous.
2013 is also the year I became NSMBA’s first female Trail Adoption Program (TAP) Trail builder. I spent the year working on the Richard Juryn trail with the crew from John Henry Bikes. There is something extremely rewarding about trail building and maintaining, seeing the rejuvenation you can generate in a few hours of hard work. Seeing the pride in the eyes of your trail crew when random riders come through and tell you what a great job you are doing.
As we approached the end of this ride, I lost my front wheel on a loose section of trail and managed to crash directly into a rock (yes, I seem to have a thing for crashing on rocks) a quick inspection confirmed the worse, the impact to the rock had snapped my clavicle. After distributing my bike and gear among my companions I made the slow and painful walk to the bottom of the trail.
157 Days, made up of:
- 71 days Rocky Mountain Element 29er
- 55 days Cove Stiffee hardtail
- 21 days Cove STD
- 22 days Specialized Demo 8