Thursday, August 31, 2017

Location =  Mars Court  
Distance =  18.31
Time =  2:55:36
Ave. Speed =  6.3
Max. Speed =  34.3
Monthly Dist. =    79.71
Yearly Dist. =  659.00

I headed out to Mars Court after lunch for my first mountain bike ride in more than six weeks. I didn't want to take a chance on injuring my torn tendon so I decided to wait the maximum amount of time for my body to repair itself. Aside from a few breathing issues, everything was fine.

I rode over to Joe's house by way of Cajun Pine and then the trail that leads to his neighborhood. As I started on that trail my handlebars got tangled up with an oak tree and it knocked me to the ground. Some things never change. Joe wasn't home so I looped through his front yard and then headed over to Deadman. I went down Deadman towards Pine Flat and I noticed a trail going off to the left that I had never seen before. I went down that trail which was even prettier than Deadman. Nice!

The new trail let me out at Pine Flat very close to where Deadman comes out. I went back up Deadman and took the Pine Flat Connector trail up to Gambel Oak. Both of those trails have had major rerouting and reconstruction. They are much improved. Good work Forest Service! Also, there is a majore thinning project going on between Oak Flat and Pine Flat. Large areas of land have been thinned and masticated. Big changes are happening to the landscape.

I went up Gambel Oak to Mahogany and then went over to Ponderosa and down into the Open Space Area. I made a loop through the Open Space and then headed back to Deadman by way of Easy Pickens. I tried to ride through the rocks by the picnic table but I didn't get very far before I fell over. At least I was wearing my elbow pads.

Since my forward progress was stopped anyway, I decided to take a short break at the picnic table and enjoy the view. After a few minutes I rode down to Deadman and then back across the highway on Southern Crossing. From there it was back to Mars Court and then to the house.

It was a beautiful day for a ride with temps in the low 80s.

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