Meg has been riding with Pottsy, and they took in some of the Ultralight Adventure loop. Here’s how Meg saw the day…
Pottsy suggested a short ride last Sunday. Taking in a bit of the Ultralight loop to get my confidence up, a new fishing hole he thought we should try out and some nice leafy tracks.
“A nice quick one” he said.
“Just 100m of hard stuff?” I reminded him.
“Yep. Not even that. If in doubt, just throttle out,” he advised.
And with that we headed up the mountain towards Ulong.
The blinker was on before I was expecting it, and as I saw the track my heart was in my throat. There was no way I was going to make it across the first washout, let alone up this rocky bastard. What the hell was he thinking? I can’t ride this! Throttle on, head up, head up, just 100 metres. It’s just a 100 metres. It’s just a 100 metres. This was NOT 100 metres! But there was no damn way I was going to stop and have to go back down it again.
We pulled up back down the other side. Pottsy was off his bike, waiting for me. He looked a little sheepish. He certainly stayed outside hitting distance. “It’s a bit more washed out then I remember” he mused.
“A lot more rocky. I might make that a challenge section when we come back through on the Ultralights”.
But it was all smooth sailing from there, right? Nice leafy trails. Right?
But it was getting on and I had housework waiting for me at home, so we headed back to Coffs. Along the way we swapped bikes, Pottsy holding his bike upright until I got rolling as I couldn’t reach the ground. This was probably the most nerve-racking part of the day for me. I’ve only ever been on my own bike, and about an hour on the road on another DR. The WR250F rode and handled so differently on the gravel, and that power could get very addictive. It was with some relief that I was able to hand it back and slip back into my comfort zone of the little DR.
So that nice, easy Sunday ride he promised? It terrified me at the time but I’ve had that nice ache in my muscles from standing up on the pegs and the thought of the ride has kept me smiling all week. Bring on the Ultralight ride!