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Confessions from a MTB ride

Old 08-30-10, 08:34 PM
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Confessions from a MTB ride

Well, I went for my first trail ride of the year today. I've been doing well fitness ride on my road rides and feel that I'm ahead of where I was last year. I did a moderately hard ride yesterday but didn't think it would affect today's ride.

I got on my bike in a parking lot and two pedal strokes and I was off. Crossed the parking lot and then the road. I spied a trail leading into the woods. I went to an area that I hadn't ridden before, so I thought how lucky was I to find a trail right away. I dipped into the ditch and rode up the otherside of the ditch onto the trail. So far so good. I started a gradual incline confident that it would level out soon, but I did notice my legs felt tight.

The trail pitched up and the obstacles started to come, there were rocks the size of basket balls, tree roots that ran on top of the ground across the path, gullies from where water had run down the path. The only thing that went up faster than the hill was my heartrate. There were several spots where I got stopped dead by a root or rock and had to get on my bike and walk it around the obstacles. It took about 16 minutes to go a little over 9/10 of a mile. At one point I was sure if I looked over my shoulder I'd see the space station go by BELOW me.

Once on top, I did get to do some nice riding. The ride down wasn't much better as I got on a trail with a bunch of tight switch backs that had loose sand. All in all it was tough ride and not the usual fun ride. I did get rewarded with some nice views. See photos below.

What I had envisioned the trail would be.

What I got. Steeper than it looks.

The reward. I started down at the river.

Either a hawk or perhaps a baby bald eagle

See the trail down there. I'd rather be on it.

A look back towards where I have to go.
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Old 08-31-10, 01:24 AM
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Wow. That is gorgeous. We don't have those large grey roundish things sticking out of the ground here in Houston (rocks?) nor do we have those uppy downy things (hills?). Tree roots and wash outs, now those we have in abundance. Of course, we also miss out on those amazingly gorgeous views. I am so envious. My friends up in Washington keep rubbing how beautiful it is in my face.
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Old 08-31-10, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by scott kursk View Post
Wow. That is gorgeous. We don't have those large grey roundish things sticking out of the ground here in Houston (rocks?) nor do we have those uppy downy things (hills?). Tree roots and wash outs, now those we have in abundance. Of course, we also miss out on those amazingly gorgeous views. I am so envious. My friends up in Washington keep rubbing how beautiful it is in my face.
I would say that this area has to be one of the top trail riding areas in the state. If you look at the first "view" photo captioned "The reward..." If you can see the river and the line it creates going into the trees then you can see the park line. I'm close to the west end of the park looking northeast. There is more park to the right of the photo, I hadn't thought about trying to show the whole park.
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Wow! Just my type of trail except we don't have all that green stuff...
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Old 08-31-10, 09:02 PM
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Great Pics and Great Area. Thank you for sharing your trip.

Hey, if it were easy, everybody would be doing it.......and that would suck
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