The second day of our NUT adventure, we awoke to Wesley’s french toast and Jim roasting bacon. The more clever among us combined these two for a delightful sandwich..others were more conservative and kept the bacon and syrup far apart. We decided to keep the same campground and shuttle after the day was done, so while the cars were being put into place the rest of us got our bikes tuned up and ready to go. Already after day 1 there were some issues – Matt the brewer had brought a 36-tooth front ring on his single speed. Ouch. DA had made a huge crash and crushed his arm, Troy was retiring for the day…after some part and bike swapping we were good to go.
In case I didn’t give a good enough account of the trails that run along the North Umpqua River, allow me to elaborate. Like most river trails, the NUT is an endless series of climbs and descents – mostly descents, but no shortage of climbing. Off-camber, tight, twisty, bermed, smooth, rocky, there is everything on this trail. Long descents that will keep you smiling. Beautiful, tight Oregon singletrack, loose and rocky in some sections, but beautifully groomed, as if Carl Spackler himself was in charge of the trails.
The second day started out with a big climb, ouch, but we were rewarded with smooth, flowy trails at the top, a killer view, and a superb descent. At the bottom of this descent we saw that the trail was closed due to construction blasting. After some heated discussion, the group split and the braver ones may or may not have poached the closed section.
Regrouping, we all finished the last few segments of trail – Todd running out of water and pretty much everyone burning through their stock of Clif Bars. At day’s end we hopped in the waiting van, stopped by for some cases of Hamm’s and PBR, and back to camp for some swimming, hot springs, and bacon cheese burgers.
Next up – day 3!