I spent last weekend in Springfield, MO and managed to get in some mountain bike riding. It turned into a night ride, unfortunately we had no lights.
It wasn't supposed to be a night ride, but we started later than we should have and a flat tire meant it took longer than we wanted. On the plus side, we did get in some good trail running.
The trail seemed fun enough (moderately rocky and hilly) but we hadn't gotten that far when X flatted. We had no spares. We were faced with an interesting choice at that point... daylight was fading fast and since this was our first time on the Sac River Trail we had no idea where we were in relation to the finish. Do we go forward or back? We decided to go back and retrace out steps, 45 minutes later we had hike-a-bike'd all the way out. Thank god it was a clear evening and the moon was big and bright because it was dark for the last 10 minutes of our journey.
It's a little unnerving to be pushing your bike thru unfamiliar woods in the dark.
But we made it.
And anyway.... i've always dreamed of doing one of those epic mountain bike trips. Like riding over the Alps or across Costa Rica... and they say those races have a lot of hike-a-bike. So if i can just multiply what i did by 50 then i might be prepared.
The weekend also included rollerskating. I love rollerskating. It makes you feel like a kid again.