I took the prodigal K2 for a ride this morning in the Corrales bosque, along the banks of the Rio Grande. We'd had a pretty good rain last night, so there were a lot of nice patches of mud along the single-track. I was pretty early -- the track showed only one other cyclist had been through there since the rain. There was a jogger ahead of me. I took a side path, then cut back gave him an opportunity to get ahead. I think the mud must have discouraged him because after a while, his tracks disappeared. There were a few walkers later, a couple of horses, and one cyclists (who almost hit me) as I was leaving the trail.
Most of the areas where there was mud left no opportunity to cut around -- you had to go through it. The mud was very clayish, and jammed up my rear derailleur so I was stuck in granny gear. At least I could shift around on the front derailleur, so I had a little variation. Along with the mud, the rain (and some horses) had loosened up the sandy patches, so the low gears were called for most of the time. I didn't go all that far, but I was pedaling hard most of the time to keep upright. A pretty good workout all in all, and nothing beats a morning in the woods.