Working on the Chain Gang November 16, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Dinner Hill Trail, Fireplace Springs, GPS, The Pines, trails
Steve and I and a newcomer named John rode yesterday afternoon in The Pines. I took my GPSr and tried to track our ride, but was not very successful, because I had the unit haning on my chest strap for the first half of the ride. I guess my body kept it from picking up signals, because the first half of the ride only showed small pieces of the trail. After I realized what the problem was and asked Steve to put it in my backpack, the rest of the ride tracked perfectly. I guess I will be forced to go ride again……darn!
John is younger, stronger and obviously a little less sane than Steve and me, because he rode a fully rigid old school Surly bike. At least it wasn’t a single speed. He is a strong rider that we were obviously holding back. He climbed Dinner Hill without any problem, I spun out on pine needles, so Steve and I walked up the rest of the way.
At the beginning of the ride, John went over his handlebars, when he stood up to put the mustard to it his chain broke, and all that power sent him up and over. We stopped and he repaired his chain, and then we rode the rest of the way without incedent.
It always feels good to be able to end a day with an exhilirating ride through the trees.