The Seacoast League of Unpretentious Trailriders made their maiden outing today. I had a hell of a good time, and I hope that it was just the beginning of a long, SLUTty summer... Prologue This whole ride came about as a result of a post that Mr Ray made over in east. My Saturdays are tight due to childcare duties, but I offered to showcase some of the local riding spots if people wanted to come on up. Finding several gullible FF's willing to take me up on my offer, I decided it best to do a little scouting mission in order to evaluate trail conditions ahead of time. Here are my notes to the main thread: This scouting trip was last weekend. The bike had swallowed several gallons of stanky mud bog backwash, and work schedules conspired to keep me from fully attending to the bike during the interceding week's time. Now, I should mention that in addition to being a relative n00b to dirtriding, I'm also an average wrench, at best. That may be being generous. Anyway, I didn't necessarily let on to my fellow SLUTs (that's my moniker for the group, by the way -- I just made it up so that you'd click on this report Now that I've coined it, though, it's here to stay) that the MiniMule wasn't a fully operational battlestation. In actuality, it wasn't operational at all. I didn't want to spoil the party on the off chance that I happened to miraculously revive her, though. So, at midnight last night, I handed baby duty off to Mrs. Packmule, who had just returned from her paying job (no, she's not a SLUT -- she works in an ER), and set out into the garage. Some people choose Christ, some Allah, and some still, Buddah. But for the lowly shadetree mechanic, there is but one truth -- that proffered by some anonymous Japanese technical manual writer: When all else fails, Assembly Reverse of Disassembly Like all religous principles, only the rightous can walk the path... After lots of swearing, and a couple of beers, the MiniMule finally fired to life around 0130. By the time things were buttoned back up, I was headed to bed around 2am -- plenty of snooze for a 0830 start time.