Monday, March 21, 2011

Roaring Run, Apollo, Pennsylvania: Lots of miles, lots of crashes, one lifeflight ride

Roaring Run in Apollo, PA was definitely the place to be yesterday.  A group of 15 of us showed up at 11 a.m. ready to ride.  I was pretty sure Christopher Beech, from Thick Bikes, and his group were coming out at some point so I figured we'd probably run into them on trail; which we did.  Surprisingly Karen Brooks was there with her pups and a few other fellow riders.  Off they went and Justin, Matt and Josh from Dirt Rag showed up 10 minutes later.  I guess there were at least 30 people mountain biking at Roaring Run from the Pittsburgh area.  Good stuff.  Oh and we ran into a couple more dogs in the parking lot.  Dogs getting ready for some sled training on the gravel path.

Turned out to be a great day, except an on-trail accident that sent Don Olson flying back to Presby in the LifeFlight helicopter.  Surgery last night, rod in his right femur, he's good to go.  Hope he'll be back before the entire season is over.  Heal up Don!  I am thankful, and I'm sure Don is, for all the emergency workers; fire, emt, paramedics, and assorted do-gooders that helped us get Don stabilized and out of the woods.

Gallery of photographs from our excursion in Roaring Run - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/apollo-0320

Some pictures from the day -

pawtrekker.com sled and some iditarod dogs ready for a workout
pawtrekker.com sled and some iditarod dogs ready for a workout

Justin Steiners new Jeff Jones bike
Justin Steiner's new Jeff Jones bike

Mike Jezek hitting the logs at apollo
Mike Jezek hitting the logs at apollo

big rocks up here
big rocks up here

Don Olson had a little accident at apollo, pa 
Don Olson had a little accident at Apollo,PA

Cheers Don, thanks for the Victory Yakima Glory Ale
Cheers Don, thanks for the Victory Yakima Glory Ale

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