So I head out to a local trail called flank. It goes up and down and up and up...well you get the picture. General a double track without much in the way of technical. My only bike is my bighit so I drop the suspension, HA and stiffen everything up and head out. Riding along having a good time I see a turn off...I am tired and kinda bored (this is literally 20minutes into my ride) I don't know this trail, must be new...it kind of drops in swings right and disapears. I am without armour, only my xc helmet and no cell phone and I know the trails in this area can get really knarly...
no...no...no...crap I find I have dropped in to a rooted very wet STEEP trail. On top of that the sharpest dh switch backs I have ridden. 15minutes later after 4 crashes, lots of blood on my shins, some bruises and a crap eating grin I think to myself "I really need to start wearing armour on EVERY ride". I am also finding that I won't do certain things without my full face or armour so I make a mental note to come back to this trail when it is a little drier (hopefully) and with armour.
Well I really wanted to see where xc trail leads. So I hike back up to the easy trail and keep riding/hiking (I am not in the best riding shape anymore haha) get to the top. I hear water falls all around me. I look left and see a fire road going for miles straight up a mountain...ok not for me, I can't take much more pedalling in that capacity, look right...straight down the mountain...ok not bad but its a fire road. Not in the least bit technical. Look straight and see a single track going...well...somewhere. So I drop in again forgetting that my leg is bleeding and my back hurts. This is a single track that I find fun and a little technical. Low and behold every 20 ft there are left turns and the water falls are getting louder. Stunning view. I sit for a bit watching the falls and just enjoying this natural structure that is within 1hour of my house but I never knew was there. (wish I didn't lend my gf the camera to take to the city) So I complete my ride down the single track just enjoying the ride. I forgot how much fun it is to just ride and enjoy nature. Sometimes I just get to involved in the agressiveness of the sport instead of enjoying the activity.
Cheers, now for some beer