Dinner Anyone? November 5, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Add new tag, Dinner Hill Trail, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, single track, The Pines, trails
This afternoon Steve, Ken, Hal, Micheal and I went for a ride in “The Pines.”
Steve led the ride because he wanted to show us a section of single track that the rest of us hadn’t been on before. The temperature was cool, bordering on cold when we met at Iron Springs and Granite Basin Rd.
We started out on the very rocky single track that heads up towards Fireplace Springs. The creek crossings were dry and filled with very soft sand that for some reason I was having a particularly tough time with. Ken thought it was because I had a big lunch that was weighing me down, of course he probably weighs about a buck thirty soaking wet….. We made it to the fireplace, then headed up and over the hill and back into The Pines.
We hit the single track that Steve was talking about, and he said that there was a steep section on it that if any of us could climb it, that Hal would have to buy us dinner……well, he was talking about food, so for me the challenge was on!
Steve was stopped near the top of the hill cheering Ken on when I got to it. I shifted into granny and slid up on my seat and started cranking. About halfway up it got really steep and the pine needles made it so my rear tire was just barely hanging on. As I passed Steve I asked him if this was “dinner hill” to which he replied in the afirmative. I somehow eeked it out and when I stopped found out the both Ken and Hal had cleaned it as well. This is how trails get named…..from now on, this will be Dinner Hill Trail.
We followed the trail for a few more minutes and then it dropped us out on the old railroad grade that the Forest Service has included in the Circle Prescott Trail and called Trail 332. We followed the grade up to the trail that Hal calls Roller Coaster Trail for obvious reasons, it has great swooping downs and then fairly easy ups as the trail as a whole descends through The Pines. About halfway down, Steve was out front followed closely by Ken then me when we came to section where there is a curve and a chord across that curve that has some pretty trick rocks in it. Steve rode the curve and Ken and I took the chord. Ken busted out right in front of Steve and I moved in behind Steve. Ken was set up to take the left at the next fork when Steve hollered out to go right……what happened next would best be described by Steve because he was right behind Ken. I saw some of it, but was screened out by bushes. Evidently Ken did some acrobatic manouver up on only his front wheel or something……STEVE, please comment on this post with the full graphic description of Ken’s performance.
Now Steve was in the front again, then Ken, me, Hal and Michael. Here is where it got crazy……the light was failing so the trail had no contrast to it, yet we were BOMBING down it like madmen. Steve kept ringing his bell to alert anyone that might have been on the trail ahead (luckily for all of us there was no one). I can tell you that 20mph on a mountain bike on winding single track in low light conditions feels like about 50mph!
When we stopped at the bottom, everyone was laughing and saying “that was awesome!.” Yes, yes it was.