What a day it has been. It is 9 at night and I need to get a shower and off to bed. Sorry, will try to get photos up tomorrow.
Where do I start? It was an 8.5 hour day on the trail. I have been up since 3:30, finished riding at 5:30, worked on bikes, made arrangements for tomorrow, ate and now ready for some sleep.
With my poor time from the prologue, I started way in the back. The max time deficit from the prologue is 15 minutes, so that was not big deal, but having to start in the back was way worse that I imagined.
We took off and made about 15 minutes of trail and ran straight into a huge bottle neck. There were about 50 riders in front and another 50 piled in behind before long. I was there for 2.5 hours! It was crazy and nothing else to do. I watched many riders try alternate lines climbing the mountain, most spend a half hour of sheer exertion to only give up and come back.
Finally I went up and started helping pull bikes up the hill. Everyone had been piling on top of each other, so we got the hill organized, clean up all the stuck riders and started riders up one at a time. Once it was open, most could get up with just a little pushing and pulling. Eventually I went down to get in line. I rode straight up it, 15 seconds work.
We got to some very nice trail, but most of the riders were spent and just hoping to get to the end. There were half a dozen major difficulty sections on the hobby course today. I cleaned most, but had a few falls and had to bulldog down a number of places. It was tons of work. There were a couple of more bottle necks, some as long as a half hour.
There was also some very tricky terrrain where the trail dropped straight off, one time into a river. So careful attention was always needed. It was a very tiring day. I was on the course far longer than expected, as were most. Even Jarvis says this was one of his hardest days ever.
The TE300 is good. It took me a bit to get back in sync with it. I made a few adjustments, the PV had way too much preload on the spring. It was also very rich in the midrange so I dropped the needle tonight. I had to replace a lever, grip and berg handguard tonight. All of the Husaberg people are taking very good care of me, anything I need.
Neena had to drive way up an active logging road today to get to the service point. We were hours late arriving there so she had to sit on her hands all day wondering what was up.