Sea Otter Adventure 2010: Day 5

I’m starting to believe success is 1% genius and 99% determination.

And 50% luck. And 50% kindness of others. And 50% listening to people who know more than you do.

Reporting from a long day on the pump track frontier. (With a photo from yesterday!)

Yesterday’s Sea Otter pro pump track build/ride session was almost perfect. We had our conflicts — how to best lead a group of leaders? — but we worked it out and created an extraordinary track. We all dug, ripped and smiled.

Last night’s weather forecast called for heavy rain today.

So I got up at 6 a.m. to cover the track. I usually jump out of bed ready to pin it, but not today. I was beat. Bonus warm-up exercise: The Laguna Seca gate was locked, so I carried three 10×100 6mil tarps, plus hand tools, to the track on the P.3. Super pro.

The track was covered by about 8 a.m., then a light rain started. Texas Bruce and I helped Kyle Ebbett build a roller-camel-roller for one of the dual stunt lines (the other dual stunt line uses the roller-camel-roller on the pump track). Then the rain hit hard.

I dove into the van and wrangled a 51-page specification for new NICA sites, sent that off then fell asleep. A while later I awoke to a wet world.

The entire track surface is elevated, which created one big koi point (if we had some koi). But no koi, so it was just a mega puddle. Kyle and I worked like pigs getting that drained, then I dug a 50-foot ditch to drain a low spot next to the S line. When the sun went down I was still slopping mud and pushing water.

Lesson learned: Next time I build a track, I’m putting pipes down before I place dirt. Neither Kyle nor I can believe we didn’t think of this BEFORE we (OK, I) created a mess. The pipes would only cost a few bucks and would have saved a ton of work.

More lessons: Working with Kyle is like getting an advanced degree in building stuff. He has a completely different approach. I’m learning a ton from that guy.

It’s 11 p.m. and raining. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Here’s that shot from yesterday. I’ll post more photos (and video!) when I get time.

Kyle rocks a pro line: jump into the bowl berm then jump out from berm to berm. This cuts out a turn and saves mega time. And it’s pretty sweet.
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