Now we get to the almost part. I almost remembered to put on sunscreen. I had it with me, I just forgot to use it. I almost stopped after the first 3.5 hours. Almost. You see, at this point I am down to a half liter of water and thinking that I really ought to call it a day and ride tomorrow. Then someone offered me some water, so I took it and I went riding some more.
I decided to go up to a trail called The National. This is an absolute bear of a trail that I have heard is well on the expert side. I only intended to check out where the trailhead was. Then someone offered to show me exactly where it started and actually recommended a different loop that wasn't so difficult. At some point I met up with another rider and he lead me through the tough parts and we rode for another 2.5 hours.
My legs cramped up when I got out of the car after the ride. Well, they cramped quite a few times before that, but that was the last one, and the one that almost made me fall down. Fun.
I wonder how tomorrows ride is going to be.