Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Location = Mars Court to Oak Flat and Pine Flat Distance = 17.74 Time = 2:35:33 Ave. Speed = 6.8 Max. Speed = 21.5 Monthly Dist. = 79.24 Yearly Dist. = 895.29
I hadn't been on my mountain bike since I was in Moab and I've been itching to get out and ride. I left the house at about 10:30 in the morning and headed over to the east side of the highway to check out the changes that have been taking place over there.
I rode to Mars Court and then made my way to the other side on Southern Crossing. I then went down Deadman and took the west spur to Pine Flat. I went back up Deadman a short distance and then headed up Pine Flat Connector to Gambel Oak trail. My plan was to take Gambel Oak trail to Mahogany but I made a wrong turn and ended up on Pine Flat Loop trail. This added some time and distance to my ride but I didn't mind. I took the Loop trail to Oak Flat Connector and then Easy Pickens over to Mahogany. From there I rode down to Poker Chip which I took to Gambel Spur and then veered onto the unmarked trail to get back to Pine Flat.
I rode through the parking lot at Pine Flat and then headed back up Deadman. As I started up the trail a woman was coming down. This would not normally be unusual except that this time the woman had a baby on the front of her bike and a toddler on the back! The toddler was up high so he could see over his mom which I'm sure caused center-of-gravity issues with the bicycle. The lady must have been a professional rider because she had a big smile on her face as she rode by and said hello, and seemed to have no concern that she was one crash away from wiping out half of her family.
I continued up Deadman to Southern Crossing and then I headed for home.
Oak Flat has been massively thinned and masticated. Entire hillsides that used to be hidden behind trees are now visible. It's a very big change. Regrowth will begin in the spring but for now the forest looks like it's been hit by a tornado.
It was a beautiful day for a ride. Bright sunshine with temps in the 60s.
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