I wouldn't have believed how knocked down Dave was after his surgery if I hadn't seen it myself. He swung into town a few days before Christmas with his mtb and a green light from his surgeon to go ride and ride big we did :-) 4 days, 206 miles, 1200 TSS and just over 18 hours of pedaling in the dirt.
We started off tenderly on Day One being that it was Dave's first ride off the trainer - just a few miles of non-too-techy single track on Stucki and the Loop then hit the big climbing dirt roads up to Blakes and past the Apex mine. Beauty day.
By Day Two we graduated onto a combo single-track/dirt road loop Church Rocks-Prospector-Silver Reef-Danish Ranch- Diamond Valley.
Day Three was 100% single-track love with two laps on the Goulds-Jem-Hurricane Rim. Love that trail all the way. It's about 50 miles including the fun out and back leg down to Sheep Bridge. We cooked the two laps out in 4:36 - nice.
Day Four was a little exploring. We found a beauty new trail down the Virgin River Gorge looping back up to Blakes. Huge views down the gorge but no photos. Twas a big bad and adventurous ride I would only drag a crackhead like Dave on with me. Ok maybe Joel too (we'll have to do that one Joel, you'll love it). A few times I felt guilty I was egging Dave on to a bit too much then I'd look over and see a huge cheesy grin on his face.
...and that is called a binge. Splendid! I pronounce Dave healed and back on the crack train.