Q: Titanium Plates
PAX: Cooter, Magnolia, Cartel, PSenick – F3 twinkle toes, Rockwell, Endo, Folly, Firewall
FNGs: 1 Firewall
WARMUP: lol? What? ain’t no warm up
THE THANG: Showing up to off the chain is like wrapping up in a warm blanket right out of the hot dryer on a cold winter night. It’s seriously that good. Waxhaws best kept secret.
Getting ready today, after an epically shitty day, I strapped my helmet on, and pulled out of my shed only to hear the a shout from the woods behind my house -yo!!!- “who dat”? If there’s a bustle in your hedge row, don’t be alarmed now, it’s just Magnolia doing some spring clean. Yes there are two paths you can go on, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road your on…. And ride dirt single track instead of pavement….. And as we wind on down the road (to off the chain with all the flow)
Our shadows taller than our soul,
There walks a lady we all know,
Who shines white light and wants to show
How she will post a complaint about our fold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll… sorry not sorry zeppelin fan boi
So yeah, pull into the parking lot and
Cooter had a fire in his eyes, like he was going to hammer. Me, I felt like rosco pico train… but I was there
We all dropped in from the grassy knoll and ripped cutty connector to the newest log ride -yet to be named but might be a jump if we don’t get a chainsaw there.
So first of all at the bottom of the first hill on the outter loop Endo calrision, the jedi, had a pedal strike and tumbled and have a bruised right arm and right ankle to show for it. Then Magnolia right behind me looked up and some how ended up over his handlebars too. And then as they were seriously shredding the gnar through the final sketch along the river Bank cooter clipper a tree and got launched – like he was on a backyard trampoline straight toward the river. Cooter was rolling right toward the river his bike went off a different direction and literally at the last microsecond he grabs some turf and like a scene right out of cliff hanger he is half hanging over the river bank. He is like until a spider; not the kind I eat every morning as a lead into Americana Halloween tradition.
The leaves and logs all over gave us a taste of all the excellent opportunities to serve the trail runners. But the routes were epic today.
The pace was Cray cray and the boner logs were keeping us on our toes… and off the seats – that you don’t actually sit on if u ride right.
cooters pace was relentless – swiping a tree on the off camber full send swooper and almost being the first F3 rider to end up in the drink tonight – endo saw the whole thing and I felt a disturbance in the force. Cooter was almost a resident of Davie Jones locker…. Which may have qualified him for a name change, but Fortunately his meow meow like reflexes kept him out of the creek but it was close!
Another blast worthy moment was Endo showing some brotherly 2f love on loop two and sharing his water bottle with Twinkle Toes – this might be enough to get him to pull the trigger on some nippon pan co aluminum bicycle parts – assembled in CHINe aaaa of course.
Rockwell, with his sage chin, and post 50 year old muscle pulled from 6 to lead like 3-4 times – leadership defined there. Id go to war with that guy.
Folly, got sharp dressed man award – ask him about his gear-he’s not playing kids games
Cartel, is on a roll coming off a freshly minted strava award, for most segment attempts, and his first Q at convergence Monday. He is like now a chink in the off the chain chain chain chain that won’t break!
Today the stumpy award goes to twinkle toes for the gnarly shredding… so much so, that he is allowed to be honorably renamed gnarly toes for the next 3 posts…. Yes, we approved it in the by laws of F3 – if you can’t find in slack, ask @Chastain.
Fng today – Firewall! He came and got an in yo face mtb experience right in his backyard.