A Drink in the Desert.
OK… Last weekend I got to be an Enduro Rider!! Along with many other riders in the Annual Desert Storm Enduro In Nevada.. Yep, it was a ride I have been looking forward to for a long time. Most of the trails were at altitudes of up to 8,800ft which is weird because it is still a desert. Deep sandy gorges, miles of challenging rock trails and a few near impossible hill climbs soon bring you back to the humiliating reality of your limitations. But the adrenalin rush of just being out there in the middle of nowhere testing yourself in the high desert conditions is what I call “being fully alive”.
The one thing you learn in that hot dry place of endurance and exhaustion is… Without water your body begins to dehydrate rapidly. You begin to misjudge critical situations. Your reflex movements lag as you desperately concentrate to focus on the right line to take ahead. One bad decision at high speed and you are set for disaster. Fatigue causes you to focus downwards rather than focus on what is out before you. Well, I survived the ride thanks to some good mates and a 2 litre camelpak water bag on my back. Without friendship and a regular replenishing of water you would die in the desert.