June 28, 2016
I'm from the sandhills of North Carolina. We've got nothing like this back home. Steep elevation changes, lots of rocks. This may be average for New England. It was awesome for me. I couldn't find the trailhead on 3A, so I started by the cave. I went left, around the gate. The start appears to be the highest point, so its some really fast downhill to start. That meant some really steep uphills coming back, after you're tired. Loose leaves on some steep uphills prevented enough traction to climb. I had to walk a few. I had to really pay attention to pedal position, the rocks will catch them. Lots of alternate trails and loops, with tight switchbacks and big elevation changes to keep you guessing where each was headed. Definately use gps unless you know the trails. There was a local rider there clipping, but the briars are bad in some places. I had some cuts that bled down my legs. Coming back, keep in mind, the parking lot is higher. I could see getting lost without gps. Keep climbing to return. I'm really in bad shape. I think I had 2 small heart attacks, and possibly a mini stroke. Made for a great ride. The moth caterpillars are horrible right now. A lot of trees are completely bare, they're falling and hanging from silks everywhere. Keep your mouth closed, or you'll catch one. I hope to hit this one again, or the Swansea trail.