Larry and I discussed our ride options earlier in the week and had decided that we'd done Wylie several times before and it lacked much interest. Neither of us care to do a lot of road riding on our mountain bikes and the climb is not fun. Even though there was some group pressure, we stuck to our plan and hit the Cowboy Trail with the group. And it was awesome! The trail was nice and tacky from the recent rain. However, there were also some wet and muddy spots. The dichotomy between tacky/good traction and slimy/slick on the same sections of trail made route selection very important. I think it was probably the best conditions I've seen on Cowboy as summer often brings a lot of loose silt to that trail. Technically, all the challenging sections of the trail were ridable.
|Cowboy group getting ready for the fun|
This "new" trail Leah referred too, really wasn't really a new trail, but a very old series of trails/roads and that have started to get some use. Although the word was that they had been cleared by the horseman, no work in fact had been done. The Hobbit Trail, as it is referred to, has a lot of potential. I'd actually ridden it before 2 summers ago. It's current state is very rough though. There are lots of down logs and brush growing into the trail. Stay tuned for possible POP work party to open this up.
We made it back to Chris and Leah's right at 4 o'clock for the start of the BBQ. Chris and Carlos smoked a couple of lambs and Fred from Laughing Dog supplied brews. It was an awesome time of grazing, drinking and socializing. Paula and Arlene gave out some year end awards; the biggest award going to Chris for Member of the Year (great job Chris!). We had a big fire to gather around. The weather continued to hold. Things couldn't have turned out better.
|yeah, pretty much what you see is what I could see during my shots|