Friday, February 27, 2009

Wanted: Chainsaw and BOB Trailer

Wednesday brought us fair temperatures so a long ride was in order. Kim and I headed back to Pine Log for a ride we hadn't done since the fall. On the up side, my skills are really improving and my balance and confidence are better than they have ever been. Sections that were tricky before have become easy and casual. I don't think it is all the new bike, rather a new mindset I attained after riding a section of trail with Chris that scared me and gave me a HUGE adreanaline rush. I LIKED, no LOVED, that feeling...the elated sense of accomplishment and knowing that I was in control. Perhaps my brain chemistry is just messed up right now, but I'll take it.

On the down side, the trail across Hanging Mountain was in the worst shape I've ever seen it. LOTS of new trees down, including one that was right in the middle of my favorite rock garden. Talk about a let down..I had big plans of cleaning it first try and not being the least bit scared about it. It seemed every few minutes our downhill flow was interrupted by a fallen pine tree - the kind complete with impaler branches, so you can't ride over it unless you want a sucking chest wound. Argh... I'm thinking an "unofficial" work party is in order to go clear some of that out. One day with about 5 people would make that section of trail killer...and if it starts seeing more use, it will only stay in better shape as trees and large branches fall.

1 comment:

Namrita O'Dea said...

I'd be happy to come help clear exchange for following you guys around to see what the "preferred" route is, of course :) Just email me when you have a date in mind!