The plan was hatched late Friday evening that we would ride early Saturday and beat the heat, or at least try to. It had been a while since both Kyle and I had been to the Hydrocut and we were both feeling an itch for it that we needed to scratch. Kyle showed up early and we were on our way after a fuel and drink stop. The drive up was full of our typical bullshitting about bikes, motorcycles, and diesel powered units.
We started out from the Snyder St entrance to the Hydrocut, which in my opinion is the better of the two parking areas. A quick ride down the multi-use trail and we started our 'Cut ride on Creepy Corner. It had been a few weeks since I've ridden the Torrent, due to a rear wheel failure and subsequent rebuild, and I was getting accustomed to the aggressive nature of the bike again. We came across some new trail sections, Medusa and Godzilla, and I went full bore on the huge rocks at the entrance. I caught myself by surprise by getting up and over such a large obstacle that I never would have tried in years gone past on my more modest bikes I've owned.
The gnarly freight train kept going. When Kyle and I ride it usually turns into a duo of grown men laughing and yelling through the woods. We push each other in different ways. Kyle pushes me faster and I push him harder in the technical sections and tough obstacles. We came out of the Frankenstein trail into a group of riders who appeared to be from Brantford. One remarked to us that we were "scaring all the woodland creatures" to which Kyle and I laughed and kept moving. We later joked that we were just practicing for our Mountain Dew commercial.
With our water running low and the heat of the day starting to get to us, we decided to slow the pace a bit for the remainder of the ride. We finished off without incident, opting to take the easy route on Kamikaze as our arms were tired and our concentration fluttering. The first "Buddy Road Trip" of the year came to and end with plans on doing much more together before the year is out. Where will we ride next? Kelso? Ravenshoe? Dufferin? We will see.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.