What a weekend. Marcus and I drove back to Butte Montana to meet up with his Mom so he can spend the next month with her in North Dakota. We had planned to hit up some skateparks along the way but unfortunately the rain followed us all the way from Oregon and kept us off the bikes. We still stopped and tortured ourselves checking out what we were missing out on. We still made it to Butte in just over 12 hours.
Captain Cradle foiled by the rain in Missoula.
I was pretty excited about the fact that I got to see both kids on Father's day since I haven't seen my daughter since November.
After saying our goodbyes I headed out to make the most of the drier weather and check out the Butte skatepark. Early on a Sunday the park was empty. It had kind of a weird street set up and a couple pool inspired bowls. No bikes. I ignored that rule and took a few runs in the larger bowl, but the high elevation got me winded quick so I didn't stay long.
It was still wet looking in Missoula so I didn't bother stopping on the way back and motored on to Spokane. Trying to find directions for the Spokane park I discovered I missed an opportunity to session in Idaho at the Coeur d'Alene park. Still sessioning in three different states in one day was a new record for me. Spokane was a fun park, composed of mostly below ground bowls and a snake run that flowed well.
The Umatilla cowboy brought back memories of a road trip long ago to Nelson, BC Canada for a Contest.
Irrigon, Oregon had the park I was most looking forward to riding. It's a cool set up with a full pipe completely open on one end and capsuled on the other with a door to carve over. 300 miles from home by yourself kind of makes one a bit hesitant to try certain things and the carve over the door was one of those. Next time. I still had fun even holding back a bit, better than braking myself off and being stranded so far from home.
What a difference a day makes.
A pretty good Father's day, I got lot's of text messages from people wishing me happy Father's day, rode parks in three states, and got surprised by the wife with sexy photo's she took with my bike. Stoked. Maybe I'll post a couple later, still waiting on digital copies.