There is no other way to start this post other than this. I LOVE MY WIFE!!!! Apparently she had been planning to surprise me with a Salsa Mukluk of my very own for a couple of months now. I had no idea at all and I was completely blown away when we walked up to Topanga Creek Bicycles and was greeted with one of my very own.
B&W Photos courtesy of JoshuaWeinfeld.com
Fat tire lust had hit me a long time ago. Serbrina knew it would just be a matter of time. Then with the recent adventure of Eric Parsons, Roman Dial, Mike Curiak and friends, dreams of fattire bikes and packrafts were keeping me awake at night. If you haven’t looked at any of their pics or video, click the links. In fact, here’s the video. Do yourself a favor and watch if full screen HD.
I set out for my first adventure with the Mukluk yesterday up to the Bridge To Nowhere. The trail is 4.5 miles out to the bridge, and involves many river crossings. I hadn’t been up there in ten years or so, but I thought I could ride it. Well, not quite.
The trail is really a rock garden. I found myself pushing, lifting, heaving and swearing! I has having a blast! I crossed the river, bushwacked, only to find that I had to cross back again. It was a lot of hard work with an occasional bike ride mixed in.
The best parts were the river crossings. Pro tip: Want to add spice to your adventures, throw in river crossings. I got to experience the float of a fattire bike for the first time. Also, the feeling of being pulled down river by a bike. That was scary. You don’t get that while riding around the city with your local Critical Mass.
In the end there was too much boulder hopping, or as Roman Dial put it “Stumblefucking”. Rocks too big to ride, too close to roll through. Lots of rocks to scramble up and over too. I should’ve brought the GoPRO, or another brave soul.
I was tired, legs were bloody from repeated pedal bashings so I headed home. I think the Mukluk got a nice break in complete with scratches, flats, drops, soakings and floating. I was only a mile or so away from the bridge. I think I’ll head back out there and try again soon. Anyone want to join me? We could camp back there. Might want to bring shin guards though!