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!!
Mabaho finished the set piece at the end of Frostier Ridge which sees the pass closed by the shaman. Here I picked a new follower, choosing Lokra in order to get the Danger Zone counter.
So a day or so later I set out to find Gorgrond. Initially I headed up to the pass area, but couldn’t find a way through. So I headed to the east of Frostfire and prowled along the cliff tops. These generally turned me about so I would head south.
I spied a path down to the water below and followed it. Without any other options, but certain I had missed something, I cast Water Walking and headed out across the Zanger Sea (which we all know as the Zanger Marsh of course) I know its the wrong way as Blizzard would not have forced other toons across here.
I did have flash backs to some of my very early adventures in Vanilla when I headed of on some exploring (usually ending up in a very high level zone and getting pounded!). So that was cool.
Mabaho wandered up the path ways, avoiding most mobs, but did have to fight through a village at one point. Luckily at 93, Mabaho was the right level.
Eventually I found Durotan (and the guild suggested there was a tunnel through the caved in pass – still haven’t found that)
Wandering in Gorgrond
I’ve established a Lumber Mill here and have a flypath so I might not bother looking for the pass.
After that it was back to the Garrison to collect and task Mabaho’s troops and workers. I prefer to log out here as it means if I have a few minutes I can log in quickly, task or collect and log out.
I also got two followers up to 100 tonight. Must get out there and recruit some more.
And it wasn’t me.
I got an early mark on Monday and with the sun shining I rushed home to change into my leathers.
I headed out to the Cotter again. I spent about an hour practising up and down the road. Enjoying the road and the Daytona.
I did laugh to myself at one point. I was about a third of the way back down when a Ducati rode past the other way. He looked to be going fairly quick.
At the bottom, where Brindabella Rd meets the Cotter I paused to see if heads back this way. I reckon I was stopped for about 30 secs when he pulled up. A quick hello and he was off back to Canberra.
Another fun afternoon.
Daylight Savings (Summertime) rocks.
Even with the threat of rain for the afternoon I loaded the bike into the car for work. And even when I came out to find it had rained…. it was only a little bit.
I got out to the forest, there were a few spits of rain, but I figured that under the cover of the trees I would be pretty dry. I followed some trails I hadn’t ridden the other couple of times. A couple of muddy patches but the light drizzle stopped at some point that I can’t remember.
I think I did about 12-15km in the forest. I rode the whole distance, even the climbs. Happy with that. I also managed to flow some of the corners together. I also managed the small drops a lot better after some tips from dad.
Well slowly but surely I’ve been moving along. I’ve picked up a couple more followers and have been slowly levelling them up. I will laugh when I have a team of people who are all level 100 working for me.
I do like the Orc photobombing in the background.
Yes, I discovered that I could meet my followers if I wandered about the Garrison.
In my wanders I also discovered the mine. A couple of quests later and I had the mine open and some ore for the Forge I had built.
Mabaho is up level 92 now. I’ve also had my first invasion which seemed to go alright. I hope the next is a simple.
I got out into Sparrow Hill again Thursday afternoon. It was a pretty warm day, but nice under the cover of the forest. I have printed out a rough map of the trails and decided to explore some different ones from Tuesday.
These are far smoother and much better trails than I have ever ridden before. It’s really fun on these.
I spent about 90 mins riding, and most of that was on trails. Eventually I had run out of steam and the next time I hit a fire road I turned for the carpark instead of following the trail.
This road didn’t head where I thought it did and after wandering along several more fire roads I eventually matched the map and the terrain to figure out where I was.
A last dash down a trail to the carpark and I was done.
This time I remembered to turn Strava on, but forgot to turn it off. So it tracked my whole drive home as well.
The bike needed a lie down, so it forced me to take a break.
It was a lot of fun and my confidence is growing. I will improve as I start to learn the trails (like where the small drop offs are – eep!). I look forward to more rides in the coming weeks.