Today I had my first real offroad experience when I joined a bunch of seasoned hardballs going fast through mudholes, farmland, sandy paths and what have you. I could barely keep up and fell of twice. But what a great experience it was, can't wait to go again! Oh, and next time I'll leave the coffins at home :)
Back at home I was not amused with the mud that literally penetrated every singe hole and stuck to every centimeter of surface and, even worse, turned out to be extremely adhesive. My brand new bike totally messed up!
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