Man, am I pooped. just got back from a trip throught the Upton State Forest and then rode the power lines back to Milford for a total of about 15 miles. I have a new found respect for Stapham, wow! The trails were pretty typical New England forest terrain. A lot of hills, many to steep to ride up, a lot of wet lands, rocks, tree roots, and steep descents.
We got totally soaked mostly because what used to be a stream is now a huge wet land thanks to a family of beavers. Which of course is the area were I took my only fall. Sore left wrist now. Overall the trip was fun although probably had a few spots beyond my rookie capabilities. We probably walked a quarter of the time.
The Gary Fisher Wahoo however, did just fine. It handled very well and generally went were I pointed it. The brakes were great, I had very good control on the steep descents. My riding partner rides a Schwinn Mesa and often had to bail out on the descents because his brakes were terrible.
OK here are some pics. I am probably just as tired from this 15 miles as I am from a 50 mile road ride but more bone weary.
Boy, does a crank in the shin ever hurt