Going to a full-time job is well....a full-time job. It can be tedious, relentless, tiring; yet provides security, peace of mind, and shiny things. These thoughts had been consistently roaming the back of my mind for a few weeks. Weeks where daylight was slipping away by minutes each day, leaving a restless kind of feeling in my fingers and toes each evening. When I received the call one morning, a feeling of apprehension accompanied my ring tone. It was a call from Kevin Landry. He said something about biking, clearing some trees, and a helicopter. Snap. "I'm game."
The next day, work was a breeze. Staying focused on measuring and cutting, the day flew by, all the while the motivating factor was the unknown that waited for me after work.
Arriving at some location down a dirt road in the squamish area, i met Kevin, Taylor (artbarn) Ollie (shegnarnigans). Now i learned the scheme... a helicopter was coming in 30 minutes, trees were down on the trail, we had to work fast. Chainsaws, axes, rakes and shovels. Just as the last of the logs were moved we heard the radio beep. Heli was 10 minutes away and our bikes were a few minutes away, back at the trucks. Scrabble to get geared up and hike back to the trail head. "Tick tick tick" is the first sound, as it get closer "chop chop chop." Heart rate rises. Helicopter in sight and we still haven't rode our bikes today. Completely cold.
Kevin drops in first. Disappears down the trail. The two of us wait. Radio cracks, "making another pass. Next rider ready?" We acknowledge and Ollie drops in. Out of sight. Now my apprehension has stopped. This was the moment I'd been anticipating without knowing for two days. Helicopter is about to pass, and I drop in. First rock drop( Pic here ). Second speed gap....too much speed, headed for a tree....protect body with bike. Thwack! Trees are always solid.
I managed to snap a handle bar right in half, but escaped with only a bruise. Kevin experienced some mechanical problems, while Ollie cleared the line twice a got some pretty cool footage.
Regardless of what was we ended up with on film....or memory card...the day was pretty amazing with a pretty spectacular sunset to cap it off.
|The line follows rock ridge, with a larger gap at bottom left of screen|
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