Additions and updates to the Kalamunda map. I wanted to make sure the GPS trace I added on haphazardly for the new downhill trail off Gungin after the last ride I did was accurate from what I drew but turns out it was not quite although I didn't even get to that point before I found yet another new trail down from the top of Gungin. These trail builders are sure getting excited about building unsanctioned trails. I'm sure there'll be no repercussions down the track (so to speak). Also went to check out the trail that Richard B added on (across the side of Gungin) for last year's event but it no longer exists. A very short lived track and well worth the effort of building it I'm sure.
I had a package arrive from the online MTB store just before I went out but since it contained what I recalled as being just two new tyres, I didn't bother opening it. Of course as I had my first crash out there today and landed on my right knee, I remembered that I'd also bought knee pads and they were now sitting at home waiting for me in the box. Stupid.
Unfortunately that wasn't my only crash for the day and the second one was a doozy. It was the second time down the downhill trail (I had to remap a nearby trail and so jumped on the downhill one where it crossed over) and was of course about to finish up for the day when I went over a rock that I'd already been over once and almost stacked it but this time I completed the job, the front wheel lobbed in the ground and I flew over the bike and kind of ended up with it on top of me. Unfortunately I also managed to land on the map board and damaged it so that was nice (unlike the old ones I used to get back in the day that would break when you sneezed on them, this one remained intact). Shame it was my good one although I'm not entirely sure why I take that one out when I have an old one in the cupboard that I can use for mapping. Stupid really. Think I bruised my shoulder in the process but should still be able to run this weekend.
The original plan for today had been to go for a ride and then do map updates but I thought I'd do it in reverse in case I ran out of time, given how late I started (was wasting the morning drawing a school map and avoiding doing the OWA audit). Almost didn't bother after the crash but went and did the Farrell/Scorpion loop. Still feeling a bit lethargic from the weekend.
No real surprise I got a call today from the AEC asking if I was available to work at the election this weekend. A case of way too little and far, far too late. It would actually cost me more in flight and event cancellations than I could earn at the election although in the process of doing the ultra long weekend in NSW, I've managed to not only bugger up my working opportunities at the election (but I blame ScoMo for his delayed election announcement) but also at Friday night football and in addition the Perth Glory are now playing the final at the stadium this Sunday. Add to that the nine day training block my unit is doing commencing this Saturday and I've really done myself a number (not one of these working opportunities was available or probably even realistic way back when I booked my flights in January). Life is so unfair.