I have thought about quitting posting about my rides. Mostly because they garner very few comments, and I am not sure that anyone really enjoys hearing about them. I did decide to post this one because it was such an epic and unique experience for me, that I thought that I would share it. I am expanding my riding into the mountain bike arena and am still learning all the right techniques to be a better rider. I have as yet, to experience real single track to this point. That changed this weekend when I decided to explore some areas that I had found before, but not gone into due to the very wet conditions at the time. The ride started on an old abandoned logging road, which is a good climb. As I came around a corner, I noticed a garter snake laying across the path. I was in a steep section that I did not want to risk stopping on and had no where to go but over the top of the little guy. I am sure that it was not good for him but it really was him or me. I made it to the top and started to ride in a new area to me, looking for a way to make a loop out of the ride. Coming down a hill, I noticed something moving in the brush down the road. I stopped to see what it was and was glad that I stopped. It was a cow Roosevelt elk, but that was just the first of it. Another elk came out right after her. It was then that I noticed 2 calves on the far side of the first 2. They stopped and looked at me for a second and kept going. I tried to get to my camera, but they were gone. I continued on the ride, and could not find a way to make a loop out of the section, so, I returned back to the way that I had come. I had some time on my hands, so I decided to check out the section that I had seen before. The last time I had seen it, there was water pouring down the logging road, but it looked promising. The old logging road led to an erosion relief trench that looked good on the other side. After crossing it, I found single track nirvana. It had it all, logs across the path, dips, tight tress, off canters, just the stuff mountain bike guys love. I unfortunately, am not a good enough rider to ride all that stuff yet, but I walked where I thought that could not ride, and made it up to the top with very little issues. I did see a couple of cute little coyote pups along the way. I stopped and watched them as they checked me out and let them run along their way. The last thing I wanted to do was raise the ire of their mother , whom I could not see. After making my way back down, I went back to the SUV to go home. I checked my GPS for the days stats and was surprised to find out that I had only covered 12 mile, but did 2200 feet of climbing . On the way out, I had to stop for a couple of deer crossing the road, but seeing all the wildlife seemed just to be part of this ride. I was unable to get any pictures of the animals, because for some reason, they did not want to pose for me. So, I will show a few that I took from the single track area.
This the erosion relief trench that I had to cross to get to the single track.
The far side of the trench was a steep embankment, that I had to side crawl to get up with the bike.
Various single track spots.
From the top, going back down.
My legs got some good cuts on them from blackberry bushes, but the did not seem to show up in the picture real well.
A dirty bike, a sign that had I found something good.
Overall, one of my favorite rides EVER. I was very tired on Sunday, and had some cuts and some bruises that I don't know how I received, but all well worth it.