The Plan: Catch a post-work evening dirt bike ride with 6 buddies.
Meeting Time: 5:30 pm on Wednesday.
The Execution: Stragglers! With late arrivals we didn’t get going until 6:30 pm. But with daylight sticking around until about 9 pm we all figured we’ll be fine.
We headed up to 4 corners, dropped down to Bear Creek and started the loop back to our trucks and home. Between stopping to cool overheated bikes and patches of snow we really slowed down. Just about dusk we got into a lot of snow…and of course, dirt bikes don’t have headlights so we had a decision to make: bivy for the night, try to push through or find an alternative route.
We decided on setting up camp just as the rain started.
I was the only one with a rain coat, extra gloves, saw and flashlight. This brought on accusations that I planned this extra little adventure. We managed a fire and tried to sleep – some of us with helmets on to stay warm. After a long night of short glimpses of sleep we got up at daylight.
Fortunately some rain wear was not the only thing I stashed in my pack – I had 3 Kate’s Bars which I shared among the 7 of us for breakfast. Fueled and ready, we pushed our way through the snow and were back to the trucks by 6:30 am.
I’m pretty sure every single guy went to the store and bought some more survival gear for their backpack! We all made it fine, everyone’s spirits were high but we all learned essential survival gear can make a night out under the stars a lot more pleasant!
David, a Kate’s Real Food athlete and ambassador, shared with us his most recent dirt biking adventure.