Published on 08-20-2012 12:51 PM
Sunday 8/19/2012 we planned to do China Wall with Matt from Stay The Trail Ambassadors (STTA) and the Forest Service. We met up at the Conoco in Sedalia, and after gassing up and buying snacks, we were off. We followed Vandy across Goose Creek Rd. whish was very dusty but still kind of fun. For those of us with CB's (everyone except Ian) we were able to listen to Matt and Vandy tell us about the area, which was very interesting. We were late getting to the trailhead and either missed the Forest Service or they didn't show up. After airing down, we set out. China Wall starts out with a mild hill climb into the trees. There are plenty of rocks to negotiate and flex on. Throughout the day Matt gave us some very good information over the CB's (Ian, really, you need to get one!), and showed us how to close an illegal spur. There were a few obstacles for which we needed spotters, but nothing drastic. When we got to the Wall, Jess made short work of it, and beat it into submission like a redheaded stepchild! Scott went next and decided to try a different line, he didn't so much beat it into submission as he toyed with it before nailing it! I went next and made it look about as easy as two retarded quadrapelegics getting it on! We then went down to a shaded camping area, which was peaceful and serene. Even the not-very-distant-at-all gunshots had a certain peaceful ring to them in that beautiful setting. Matt trained us all as STTAs and we raised our left hands and swore to uphold the law and police the trails to the best of our abilities (god (insert any other deity/ supercool mythical dude) help us all!) We rode out of their with our heads held high like we had just scored our first kiss from our cousin down the street, and aired down before saying goodbye to Vandy. The rest of us drove home via 285 and chatted about all manner of extremely interesting and pertinent topics on our CB's on the way to the BEST DAMN CHINESE IN BAILEY CO (Ian seriously, we are going to take up a collection to buy you a damn CB!) At BDCIBC, we said goodbye to Matt, and partook of some heavenly grub. Then it was homeward bound, chatting away like prepubescent girls on our first sleepover, until we hit the I-70/ I76 split where I said goodbye to the rest of the convoy and rocked out with some Metallica!