March 6, 2012
Having gotten into biking as an exercise for weight loss a couple of years ago, I'm fairly new to trail riding. I started riding this trail and Smith Lake trail about a year ago. I don't have a huge basis for comparison, and I'm not very technically skilled, but I have enjoyed riding this trail more and more as I've build up my endurance and ability. The sand is a pain, but it seems everything around here is sandy. I was just getting really comfortable with it when the tornado destroyed both this and Smith Lake, which put a damper on my rides. I checked it out in October or November for the first time since the storm and saw how damaged it still was despite the evident work that had already been done. I came back out today to ride for the first time since then and aside from it being painfully evident that I was out of shape, the trail has really gotten better. A lot has been cleared, the majority has been cut back, and a handful of jumps and technical sections have been added (there are a couple of videos of these additions posted). Some I was comfortable with on the first ride through, and some I'm not touching yet, at least without company. Thanks, though, to everyone who's had any part in cleaning up the trail and making new additions. Very much appreciated.