Riders: Sue Witter, Rob Mazzei, Dave Hamilton, Chris Bratthauar
Left the Mont Alto parking lot @ 5pm sharp taking the Park trail over to Staley. From there we decided it would be a good day to climb Shelf trail to stay off the low, muddy trails.
"Rocket" Rob took off ahead of the group and missed the turn on to Shelf trail. The rest of the crew debated for a few minutes whether we should leave Rob to the mercy of the mountain or follow him. We decided Rob should live and we headed up Ramp trail after him.
We regrouped in the clearing and climbed the rest of the way to Wirt Road. From there we headed across Charcoal Hearth trail to Staley Road. Climbed up Four Logs and then up to the fire tower. We headed down the trail behind the fire tower and across Crumble regrouping again on Snowy Mountain Road.
We climbed up Snowy Mountain to the top of Four Logs. The crew bombed down Four Logs and the top of Turtle where things started to get mushy, so we headed out to Staley Road. From there we coasted down Staley Road to the double track that leads up to Lower Buckets.
We made the short climb and headed back on to the singletrack. Lower Buckets was in great condition and we flowed down it like we were on rails. We finished up on the Park trail, making our way back to the parking lot.
We emerged from the woods around 7:30 pm, just as the sun was disappearing behind the trees. All in all a great ride to start the "Thursday Night" season.