Sunday, March 13, 2016

Back in the Woods

I had originally intended to go mountain biking in the morning and then ride with Elliot in the afternoon but it was much more colder this morning and then my wife asked for help around the house.  When I got back with Elliot, I changed, and headed out on the Spot.  I think it's been close to a year since the last time I rode at Upper Paugussett so I figured it was high time to see how the trails were holding up after such a mild winter.

I rode up Sanford Road over to Echo Valley and into the forest.  After the parking lot, I found the section of the Poly Brody to be wet but that's expected in the wetter months.  Taking to the Gussy I did a couple repeats on the up and over at the intersection with the yellow trail.  It was smooth.

Trails were in good shape despite the mild winter and what I mean by that is without a lot of snow it means there will be more riders out on the trails.  Of course, I am never worried about the Upper Gussy Trail because it drains so well and I have taken steps to make sure you won't find any mud on the trail.  I can't speak for the other trails at Upper Paugussett that have recently popped up, though.

Even the wet spot was bone dry!

That wasn't the case on the Jeep Road after the Reach Around.

I love this view from the Unmarked and Unsanctioned Trail looking down on the Gussy Trail

The Bridge on the Unmarked and Unsanctioned Trail is holding it's own, too

However there is a huge problem area on the Unmarked and Unsanctioned Trail that needs some fixing.  There is so much room in here to play that this should be re-routed and you could easily extend the trail through here and get another 1/2 mile of trail at the same time!

On the connector trail, though, I wasn't paying attention and my front wheel it a rock and I went OTB.  I hit my knee on the stem tube and got some other bruises here and there.  The knee was the worst and I knew that was going to keep me grounded for time.  Still it was great ride.

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