Monday, January 2, 2012
The holidays are no exception to the current trend (expectations) that we work on our paid, off days. I did take liberties at lunchtime today to get a respectable ride in. I also took a razor sharp pruning saw with me to clean up some remaining October storm damage.
You see, some of the available terrain isn't exactly sanctioned riding material. There are no scheduled trail care days. These trails have probably existed as long as humans inhabited the area. Local residents walk their dogs on them. They are used to reach secret fishing spots. Kids no doubt party and skinny dip along the route. These trails also make for fine lunch ride getaways.
Walkers have beat down paths around some of the storm dead fall. Unfortunately, these lines have no flow and entail a bit of bush whacking. The dead fall was too big to move single-handedly, so it had to be cut into pieces to be moved. Mission accomplished. Next time through will have flow.
A large portion of my ride hit sanctioned trails in Wasserman Park and Horse Hill Preserve. These areas are rigorously maintained by NEMBA and others. It was hard to believe riding on January 2 in October conditions. I rode 21 miles in 2hrs, mostly on trails. There were a few greasy spots, but in large, the trails were dry. I'm quite fortunate to have so many miles of singletrack so close to work. In less than three minutes out the door, I'm on dirt. Excluding Mine Falls, I'd say there are 30-40 miles of singletrack and ATV trail within six miles of where I work.