It’s 4:30 am Wednesday and I am awaken by the sound of my phone ringing with Metzger on the other end. Of course he is 20 minutes early and sounds like he has just had a jug of coffee, 5 hour energy and six Redbulls.
The tone of the trip was being set very early.
We pull a 7 hour shift southbound on 1-5 to arrive in Eugene Oregon at our shop Life Cycles. Gilad, Justin, Levi and the entire shop close it down just for us so they can get a ride in. The weather is promising, but as we approach the mountains things dramatically change. The Life Cycle crew are insisting we hit up one of their most epic trails despite recent snow fall. After being stuck in a van for 7 hours we are up for anything. 3/4 of the way up the mountain the snow gets incredibly deep and a massive thunder and lightning storm only adds to our drama, but we are loving it.
Luckily for us the trail did not disappoint. With mud dripping down the grins on our faces we spent the next hour descending epic singletrack with mother nature breathing down our backs.
Thanks to all the guys at Life Cycles (Justin, Levi, Gilad, Colin, Rich), Cliff Bar for the fuel, Kicker Audio for making our van speaker volume go to 11 and vHoldR for kick ass cameras that can take any kind crap weather you can throw at them.