I headed into the forest this Wednesday morning. Meet up with someone from work and we headed up Sparrow Hill.
He was a lot faster than me and I don’t think he was pushing very hard.
For my second time wearing cleats I was really happy. Didn’t fall down :)
But I did have one first, a flat tyre. It started pretty slowly, the bike got gradually more loose in the rear. After about 5km, I stopped an pumped it up, hoping it would last the remainder of the ride (we were on our way out by then).
It didn’t hold and got loose again very quickly. Very obviously the tube was holed. I walked a bit, but eventually we decided to try fixing it.
That didn’t hold either.
So it’s off to the bike shop to get a new tube, and to get a puncture repair kit to take with me on my solo rides.
Plugging away at the questing tonight. It is interesting seeing the differences between Outlands and Dreanor. The destruction (I assume it was something the Dark Portal or whatever) was pretty massive.
Looks like the Spires of Arak (sp?) disappeared altogether. Obvously, Zanger Sea became the Marsh. Frost ridge became Blade’s Edge etc. Arch and Shat look pretty impressive. Haven’t got into either though.
These guys are pretty cool looking. Their animation is nice too.
So I managed about 25% into 95.
Then it’s back to the Garrison to be ready for tomorrow.
Finally got to some more questing, so I hit up Talador and eventually Shattrah City, well docks anyway…
Bashing Some Iron Horde
Shattrah has docks, I don’t remember that from last time I was here.
Well there are, and one of the Orc Lords, Blackhand was here. Fought him but the battle was finished by this Draenai and Durotan.
But to be honest, I think he got away.
At the end of all this I dinged 95. :)
Spent an hour up the Cotter after work. need I say more?
So the big news at home is that my youngest has started school now. Couple of days in now and she’s enjoying it. Settled quick and no tears.
94! And I got this leather thing working now too. Just gotta Pokemon some more Clefthoof!
So time to do some questing…. I am actually finding that this Garrison thing is slowing even my usual glacial levelling – I keep having to return there to park Mabaho for the evening.
So I followed some of the quests from within the Garrison. These had me headed to Talador. Looks like I’ve levelled past Gorgrond already.
The time also meant a chance to LFG, so after about 20 mins one popped. Iron Docks. First time here and seemed like I was on the lower end of the scale so I picked up some good gear here. Added to the gear from my Followers, it’s going well.
Out of the dungeon it was time to hand in some quests around Talador.
Found just about the smallest Inn I’ve seen.
Before it was time to head back to the Garrison to set it up for the weekend work.
After the mail and leather working revelation last week I was busy out in the back of the garrison trying to trap some clefthoof. I spent quite a while laying the traps and working the beasts into them. Nothing worked.
A read of Icy Veins, I needed to watch out for walking on the trap.
A pile more clefthoof fell without success.
“Guildies help!” More tips, and it turns out that the clefthoof that are right behind the garrison aren’t trappable. Of course, because that would be too easy :(
The guildies also mentioned a bunch up by the ogre castle so off I headed.
This worked a lot better, though it wasn’t always a sure thing. Ghost Wolf came in handy for manoeuvring about the trap and the mob, and soon I had a bunch of Leathery Caged somethings. I’ll see how this goes for the next stage.
Though I think I have to replace something in the Garrison as I don’t have a Leather Worker.
Might get rid of the Enchanter’s, Dasal might be able to do that later anyway.
I was wondering, as I pedalled through the forrest last week, what “initiation” I needed to do to be a “mountain biker”.
I figured that having a decent stack would be a good start.
So I sorted that out today. Coming down a slope I was breaking and managed to throw myself over the front.
Getting up proved awkward as my backpack had managed to get tangled into the mess as well. I lay in the dirt and had to unclip the bag before getting out from under the bike.
Apart from that it was a good ride today (and actually it wasn’t that bad even with the stack) Rode about 16km in about 90mins. Saw a few others riding too. I kept up with them for about a metre, lol.
Hey Tacky, here’s a tunnel, lol
Also discovered that things had changed a little since about….. Burning Crusade… did you know that Leather Workers made Mail items? Seriously? How does that happen.
So I built a barn, as then I can get mail items.
I also started questing proper in Gorgrond. Was wandering about and decided to pummel this guy.
Of course, later I had to kill him again for a quest. Approaching 94 now. Bit tired to quest tonight.
Monday afternoon was clear again, so I hit the trails.
So stocked when I rode up and over this without pause.
I followed the “Short Loop” of about 15km. This series of tracks is signposted, and having ridden some of them already the navigation was much easier, reducing the need to stop.
I completed the Loop in just over an hour, 30 mins faster than a similar distance last week. I’ve now ridden most of the forest, perhaps about 80% of the tracks. Now I need to put together a bunch and ride them a few times to learn them. This Short Loop seems a good start.
Growing confidence was a lot of the improvement. Better fitness I hope too. And having ridden about half of it already helped too. I found myself pedalling a lot more than I other days, keeping my speed up. This was achievable as I was more confident in how it all worked.
I did save a couple of moments and slides, though almost ended in tears when the rear locked up on a disintegrating log I rolled over. Almost had me over the handle bars!
Great fun again, but I fear that first stack is getting closer and closer!!