Hit the woods this afternoon with Cloe, up at ben’s trail, for some late-fall shooting. The weather didn’t look good this morning as I mowed the lawn for the last time in 04, but by 1:30, when we met at D&W the sun was out, if sporadically.
So planned on doing a couple MTB shots and a couple trail running shots for Ibex, John from Deuter hooked me up with some nice packs to outfits Cloe and we were ready to roll. The biggest snafu was the amount of leafage on the trails. It was crazy. We walked right by the trail once and barely found it when we circled back. In some places the leaves were like 4 inches deep, no kidding. Mountain biking in that stuff is not easy, and it was wet undernneath to boot. Cloe definitely had some forced dismounts, but once she found out she’d been riding with her fork locked out things got a bit better. I posted a shot of her saving it after riding over one of Ben’s bridges, though the seasons have not been kind to the bridge (you can see some of the lower part is falling apart).
At this time of year you never know when it will be your last non-snowy shoot. So I brought everything, even though we only had 2 hours of daylight. Ran rolls through the XPan and the 67 just to make ssure I covered every angle mechanically speaking. Shooting a little tomorrow down at Putney. Ibex is hooking the West Hill Shop crew up with some of their gear and I’m shooting some of them racing the ‘cross race in it. I”ve always had a good race at West Hill, except for in ’95 when I had some weird stomach thing and I was still racing A back then too. Anyway, it will be my fourth race of the fall and I expect to ride better than last weekend.