As for the rest of our first day at Bootleg Canyon...
After resting a bit we headed out Mother, the first trail built at Bootleg. We hadn't been climbing very long when Matt stopped and said, "If I remember right, this next part is completely terrifying."
He was right. There's two 2 foot drops carved into the rock between me and Matt below. The notched out nature of the drops would've made it easy to catch a peddle. You can't really appreciate the exposure from this angle, but it would have been a disastrous place to fall - along way down to some nasty looking rocks. We walked it.
Check out the vidiyah of some place on the trail.
Connecting to Mother we found the long swoopy downhill of the POW trail. That was definitely the highest speeds of the day and some of the most fun.
After another break we climbed the road that leads up the canyon (that was a serious grind) and rode down East Leg and then Girlscout again. Here's a cool helmet cam video of GS. I watched so many vids in the weeks leading up to the trip that it was like I had been there before. It was definitely a weird feeling.
Before calling it a day we headed out of the Middle and Lower Lake loops which criss crossed a bunch of downhill runs while dipping in and out of gullies and cruising along ridgelines.
It was a very auspicious start to the trip. I capped it off with some well earned ZZZ's next to my pal Louie.