Okay, I hope I got all my bad luck over yesterday. Bill, Trudi and I jumped into the van and drove to the Bass River Resort, outside of Steelville Missouri, an hour south St. Louis. It’s about 5 hours. Bill and I are riding the Berryman Epic this morning at 8:30 am.
We got there early enough to pre-ride an hour or so. And it got ugly for me. We rode out the gravel climb and then got to the first singletrack section, about 4 miles in. There is a pretty rocky descent, totally covered with leaves, early in the section. We rode down it, but it was sketchy. We kept riding up the next technical climb, then turned around to do the descent and climb again.
The 2nd time down the descent, I blew my rear tire off the rim. I think what happened was that I had a couple thorns in the tire, it lost air, I burped it, then it came off. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t good. I put in a tube, only to find another thorn, so changed the tube again.
Then I spent the next two hours trying to mount another tire. We got to an air compressor, but it didn’t put shit out for air.
Plus, my rim was dented in 4 or 5 places. I straightened the rim and finally just patched the original tire and got it remounted. Not without using two CO2 cartridges. Plus, my best pump, a Park, started leaking air, so I don’t have any correct air pressure.
Anyway, it was stressful. Okay, have to get going. 50 miles of mostly singletrack to ride fast today. I think I’m going alright, so it should be fun.