The Commute topic has a well-traveled post entitled "How was the commute today?". I noticed the lack of a similar thread here so I thought I'd give it a try.
Today, I went with a friend along Saratoga Gap, a beautiful ride near San Jose and about 1.5 hours south of San Francisco. It's along the ridge line that, looking west overlooks the Santa Cruz mtn range and the Pacific, and looking east, overlooks the San Jose and Silicon Valley area. A real nice mix of forest trails and open ridges with commanding views. Technical in parts with challenging hills in some locations, but mostly nice singletrack. An excellent ride.
My friend's pretty new to MTBing but quite good. She didn't de-clip fast enough when some people passed on the trail and fell off the trail and down a steep embankment, bike flipping over like a cartwheel! Lucky for her the embankment was soft dirt under the trees, and she managed to hold a branch with a death grip. Damned near took a tree down. If she didn't do that she'd probably roll all the way to Santa Cruz!! Once we pulled her and her bike up, she was just fine.
Anyway, I hope this thread has the same "traction" as the one in Commute.