Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cowboy Trail Ride Report

Breaking in some newly laced hoops.  I was excited to hit up the Cowboy Trail and get some speed.  Nice flowy trail with a little rock, roots and small climbs to keep ya awake.  But not this time.

I've been riding this trail for years and I will say the condition has really been on the decline over the last couple years.  Being it is almost July, this is a low lying trail and typically has gotten a decent amount of use in years past, my thought was it should be good for a ride by now.  Nope.  Lots of mud pits.  A dozen down trees and lots of branches and debris littering the trail just waiting to take out a spoke or derailleur.

Instead of riding to the end and then coming back on one of the many loops, I decided to count my losses and forge the creek back to the road.  I've crossed this creek many times before with my bike.  Take off the shoes, strap them to the pack and host the bike over the shoulder.  It's about 40' of knee to thigh deep water.  Water is cool and feels good when it's hot.  What doesn't feel good is the big slimy, round, river rocks that your feet never seem to stay on top off, but rather slide toe first down in the crevices between to rocks.  This hammering of your toes and unsteady movements makes the crossing feel twice as long.  Thanks to the fisherman who came to help get my bike across before I dunked it.
rare wildlife sighting...see it?

Once on the other side, I put my shoes and socks back on and noticed I peeled back a couple toe nails messing around on those rocks.  Oh well, my feet didn't look that good to begin with.  I rode up to Wylie Knob which was in good shape, but who really cares about riding that trail.

Rode the "secrete" Knobby Trail back down, which was, well in the same condition as the Cowboy Trail.  Next time I will take my saw and collapsible shovel.
my kinda sign

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