Saturday, March 30, 2013

Boys Weekend

This weekend Emily and the girls headed to Bend for the Northwest half of Emily’s Bachelorette Parties.  I was going to stay at home but at the last moment I was left with the Prius so I decided to take the new bike and Leo to Corvallis for some riding before a boys weekend BBQ night at Kevin’s.  

After a quick stop at REI in Portland to put on new clipless pedals Leo and I arrived at the Lewisburg Saddle around 2pm.  After some adjustments to the bike and wiping all of his fur off the chain we were on the trail and Leo seemed like he knew what to do, excitedly running ahead of me down the gravel forest service road.  After again, stopping at an old quarry to adjust the shocks and settings of the new bike to my body we were off again.  In a few miles Leo began to slow down and tire, and by the time we got to the turnaround point about 4 miles through the trip he was moving very slow.  This worked out fine as we had to bike up hill to start the descent but even at the top of Vineyard Mountain he didn’t want to move.  I sat down with him for a few minutes in the shade and gave him some water.  When he stopped panting hard I got up onto my bike and headed down the trail, happily opening up my suspension to test it out.... nope.   I ended up walking the entire 3-4 miles back to the car next to my bike encouraging Leo along who seemed to then acquire a small limp.  

We headed into town to Kevin’s and Leo continued to limp around.  I had completely exhausted our new dog!  He didn’t even care as Dromi bounced all around him wanting him to play with her.  We all had a great BBQ and Jason joined us later in the evening.  It was Mischa, Colin, Garrett, Tim, Kevin, Miwa, Jason, Brian, and I.  The debauchery continued late into the night and Tim even hurled a knife into Kev and Lex’s wedding announcement surfboard!  We all played a bunch of rounds of asshole and before I knew it I was passed out in the spare bedroom.  

When I got home on Sunday I found out that it wasn’t Leo’s joints that were hurting him but instead were the bottom pads on his paws which he had shredded on the sharp stones of the forest service road!  I felt horrible!  I put bandaids on his paws and after I picked a very hungover Emily from Lindsay who drove her back from Bend we picked up some treats for him and new toys.  Definitely going to buy him booties!

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