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Never to old to play in the woods.

Old 05-10-17, 07:22 PM
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Never to old to play in the woods.

The temp has been chilly and overcast the last couple of days so I decided to spend a couple days playing in the woods. Yesterday it was fire roads, and old farm roads. Today it was more challenging trails which I like best. Ate a little dirt but I still have some cat like reflex's because I landed on my feet the first crash. All's good, great day in the woods makes me feel like a kid again having so much fun.
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NEVER too old! lol
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
..I still have some cat like reflex's because I landed on my feet the first crash.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kDoClcVtHg
I still have some cat like reflexes, because I like to nap in the afternoon. (Just kidding. Enjoy yourself!)
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I've been thinking about getting on one of my old MTB trails out here on Long Island, but I'm hearing a lot lately about a new tick-borne illness that makes Lyme Disease look like a day at the Chocolate Festival. At 54, I can't imagine how much harder that might hit than it would have at 24. ('Hope I didn't kill your buzz!)
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
I've been thinking about getting on one of my old MTB trails out here on Long Island, but I'm hearing a lot lately about a new tick-borne illness that makes Lyme Disease look like a day at the Chocolate Festival. At 54, I can't imagine how much harder that might hit than it would have at 24. ('Hope I didn't kill your buzz!)
Didn't kill my Buzz !, I don't worry about stuff like that. Just like I get from non-riders about how can you ride on the road with cars buzzing you at such high speeds. I've been hit (9 months recovery) drivers fault and have live with back pain for the last 25+ years since. I've had my handle bar snap at the stem and crashed off the road into a guard rail. But it's all good and I'm not going to start worrying instead of going out and riding.
But that's just me, and at 57 still feel like a kid when I'm on anyone of my bikes.
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Didn't kill my Buzz !, I don't worry about stuff like that. Just like I get from non-riders about how can you ride on the road with cars buzzing you at such high speeds.
BTW: I'm not saying anyone should stop riding for any reason. I ride in crazy traffic all the time and I know the risks. I'm just saying that, as much as I miss riding in the woods, I don't feel like this is the time to do it, especially given that Long Island is loaded with hungry ticks.
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
BTW: I'm not saying anyone should stop riding for any reason. I ride in crazy traffic all the time and I know the risks. I'm just saying that, as much as I miss riding in the woods, I don't feel like this is the time to do it, especially given that Long Island is loaded with hungry ticks.
Have you looked at the statistics about this new found condition? You're more likely to get bitten by a bear AND struck by lightning at the same time than get this disease from ticks. I know weighing risk is tough but this is no excuse not to ride in the woods!
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A lively MTB will bring the best out of you. It makes a beast of the hills and sprints.
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Originally Posted by Mountain Mitch
Have you looked at the statistics about this new found condition? You're more likely to get bitten by a bear AND struck by lightning at the same time than get this disease from ticks. I know weighing risk is tough but this is no excuse not to ride in the woods!
Great, I had pretty much changed my mind about taking my MTB into the woods, but now you've got me worrying that I'm going to get bitten by a bear and struck by lightning.
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Great, I had pretty much changed my mind about taking my MTB into the woods, but now you've got me worrying that I'm going to get bitten by a bear and struck by lightning.
Just don't anybody mention Sasquatch then, huh? 😁 😉 Or even worse, chupacabra!!!😨
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ņt 70 I still like mtb riding. I used to like the downhill trails but after a couple of bad falls I now stick to the equally fun but less demanding single-track and x-country trails like you. Nothing too technical but you can still go fast and get a few scares to keep the heart pumping.
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Old 05-14-17, 11:21 AM
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If you like singletrack, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip to Kingdom Trails in East Burke, VT.
It's an amazing place. I actually got my season pass yesterday even though I need to cross a border and drive almost an hour and a half to get there. lol

Here's one trail I tried for the first time yesterday... Burnham Down. Gotta love that name given it's a trail with many bridges. lol

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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Great, I had pretty much changed my mind about taking my MTB into the woods, but now you've got me worrying that I'm going to get bitten by a bear and struck by lightning.
I try to stay positive. I'm thinking the lightning would hit the bear instead of me, so...
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Some local trails enable the gentle side of 'playing in the woods'.
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Old 05-14-17, 02:25 PM
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Some local trails enable the gentle side of 'playing in the woods'.
Yeah, we've got those around here, too. But you usually have to go through some thick, ticky brush to get to them.
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