We started the climb up from the touring center, and we found some cool carvings on the way up:
We decided to take Roller Coaster, a trail we didn't get to last year. The way there had some cool features:
The trail was really fun, too. It was a One Way downhill with lots of drops, banks, and fun stuff to play on. Here's Ace negotiating the teeter-totter (poor photography due to wrong lens choice):
We rode it all the way down and then played around in the Harrington Ridge/Harrington Heights area:
Then, we made our way back to the start, but not before fooling around near one of the quarries that Millstone is famous for:
After a quick break at the touring center, we rode a little doubletrack to get back to the other area of the map:
We rode for another hour and a half, and then it was time for the evening festivities:
Followed by Fire. First, they lit a wooden sculpture:
Then they lit a bunch of bonfires on the hillside where we started out our ride in the morning:
Then there was a walking tour up to that hill, where a lot of the sculptures we saw earlier in the day were lit up:
Very cool. Finally, we returned to the field for a release of those sky lantern thingies that float away in the air:
All in all, it was a fantastic summer day.
Some might be curious about Ace being in these pics, especially after semi-recent events. Well, she's still my favorite mountain biking partner, my favorite person to hang out with, and my favorite friend. Sometimes people stay in your life for a reason. I don't know what's going to happen in the future between us, but I know I'll be happier if she's around to go on these sorts of adventures with me.
I have a few more adventures to report on, but next weekend is the Single Speed Championship up in Stowe and I gotta get out and train!