September 5, 2017
My history is in road biking, and I know this does not translate fluidly to mountain biking. I did buy a second hand Specialized hard tail bike a few years ago, and I am trying to broaden my biking skills. It is a short drive to French Lick, IN, so I thought I would give the Buffalo Trace trail a try. My first pause was the mandatory check in at the golf course pro shop. I signed my waiver and checked in on the clock so someone knew I was out there. The trail head is right behind the golf driving range, and was easy to find. Once I got on the trail, I found it to be a very tough course for a beginner. I knew that going in, as the sign at the trail head told me to stay out. Lots of loose rocks on the trail made it technically difficult for me. It was easy for me to have minor mishaps, as I took the pace slowly and was clipped in. I visited the bottom of a shallow ravine about 30 yards into the intermediate course after a gentle downhill coast ended with rapid root deceleration. Because I value my health, and as I still have kids in college, I limped back onto the beginner loop and enjoyed the downhill cruise from there.
Overall, I thought the trail was nicely done, and the scenery was beautiful. I am sure this course will be stunning in October. As my skill level improves, I am sure that I will return and have a better day. For now, I am thankful for only flesh wounds.