Sorry we couldn't make our ride schedules mesh. I got out late yesterday morning and rode out to stuntsman road and back-about 7 miles each way. pretty fun trail, old school fall-line stuff. Reminds me of the Poto a decade or two ago. Seemed like the first 2-3 miles were all climbing which was pretty tough but sure made the return to the truck fun!
It went well, except I forgot my camelback bladder. I had water and bottles off my road bike so I just stuffed those in my pack-worked fine. AND, the BOA fastener on my right shoe broke pretty early on the ride so I did most of it with a loose shoe. I like the fit of Specialized shoes but their hardware is a bit flimsy...
Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets replaced.