Re: South Florida Mountain Bike Videocdbrown@qwest.net
> ...this section, I think it's called Jacob's Ladder,
> was a challenge and a feast for us.
Actually, I don't think that's Jacob's Ladder. This is a picture of
the real Jacob's Ladder from near the top:http://www.arkansasvalley.net/images/WalkDown.jpg
Sorry for the image quality, that shot was taken with a film camera
and scanned (which is what we were forced to do back in the dark ages,
9 years ago). Jacob's Ladder is a full-on awkward hike-a-bike. Not
even remotely ridable.
But your point is well-taken. "Technical" is a matter of experience
and perspective. My advice for the world of internet chest-thumpers:
Keep your bragging to yourself until *you've* *travelled* *personally*
to places that are supposedly technical. You can't see it in a picture
or an MPEG running in a 300 pixel x 400 pixel window, you can't really
understand it by hearing from somebody else in a usenet post. Gotta
see if with your own eyes and feel it with your own butt.
When you first see something that re-sets your own definition of the
word technical, you won't be able to ride it. Your mind will be blown.
Perhaps I'll call this a "Horsethief Epiphany" (in paladin's honor),
where you follow tire tracks up to something, look at it, and whisper
to yourself "omigod! people actually RIDE this!"
If you spend some time and work your way into it, you can amaze yourself
with what can be ridden. But not when you first see it. Unless you're 19.
Tom Purvis - http://www.arkansasvalley.net/tpurvis/
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."-Bertrand Russell