Taught another session of Learn to Orienteer today with Brucker (three homeschool families this time) and it went well. They seem busy so I'm not sure how often we'll see them at events but they are connected to our newest board member, so she'll keep prodding them. Afterward Jeff and I talked through some changes to compress the class a bit because it's still going over 2 hours. The zero prep/equipment plan is working well—I just show up with maps, nametags, and writing utensils and we're ready to go.
Since I was already on the west side I decided to pop over Gates Pass for a mountain bike ride. Parked on the backside and did a nice loop down to Ironwood and back up again. I neglected to read the reviews for the Golden Gate trail
before riding it, which was probably a good thing because I might have avoided it had I done so. It's got a lot of steps, which I could mostly handle fine in the downhill direction and were (mostly) pretty fun. Wasn't going to happen uphill, but I also knew I didn't have to go back the way I came! I think the section above where I started is probably a lot harder and probably good for me to avoid.
The ride through the rocky upper stuff was not exactly what I was in the mood for on a Friday afternoon after a pretty rough week but the lower, smooth, swooshy flat desert stuff at the bottom was!
The last couple miles were a bit of a slog, going up on a gentle, mostly straight trail that was punctuated by wash crossing. I didn't have the energy for all the short steep ups by then. Nice ride, though!