Tiger Mountain is my favorite ride in the Seattle vicinity, so I’m sorry to be out of town for the big seasonal Tiger opening today, two days before tax day 2009. For years I’ve had the pattern of paying taxes, riding Tiger and then going to the Downhill Zone to buy a new bike with my refund.
Well those days are over, kinda, starting with the refund thing not keeping pace with the price of a new bike! And I’m not too broke up about being in California this year, as I’ll be riding all over and going to the big Sea Otter Classic in Monterey this weekend.
Hopefully someone over on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance e-group will post a review of First Day on Tiger. When I left town there was a lot of question about whether the road would be snowed in. And I know up at the top trailhead of Iverson, downed trees have blocked the entrance much of the past couple of months. (Note: The EMBA web site has this to say about Tiger.)
Let’s face it, it’s been a lousy winter. I wouldn’t expect Tiger to be too hospitable till sometime in July, given the ravages of snow, wind and rain. But if you don’t mind becoming a human mudball, it’ll be fun as always.