|Rocks at the IMBA Epic trails at Ellicottville, NY|
|Me on Scrubgrass Creek, PA|
|My brother at Ellicottville, NY|
This week I took the chance to head out to the trails at Moraine State Park, in Pennsylvania. These trails handle the water better than any place around, and though it was pretty wet I thought I'd take a chance. Moraine has a lot of rocks, with a good portion of decayed sandstone in the soil, so it drains really well. Once I got on the singletrack I could tell that the soil was moist under the leaves, but most of it was still pretty solid. There were places where the trail doesn't drain well due to the way it was laid out, but these were short stretches and not really all that bad to get off and walk around. And since it's such a technical trail that I'm not able to ride far without putting down a foot anyway, having to get off and walk on 10% of the trail doesn't ruin the ride for me.
It was a good ride. I had a nice couple of downhill sections, some rewarding technical features, and I fell over a couple of times. But no damage was done to me or the bike, and I did get out and get in the sun for a while so it was all good. I wish I would have had another hour, then I would have made the whole big loop rather than do a small loop and then some out-n-back. Maybe on Sunday?
|Near Moraine State Park.|
|Near Neshannock Falls, PA|
|Bridge over Neshannock Creek, where I've spent many days paddling.|
We had a good time though. It's always a good time going to do trail work with Kenny - he's a fun kid. He loves digging in the dirt - getting muddy is no problem for this boy. Now that I think about it, we had another fun day centered on rocks and mud.
|On the way home - day is done.|