|Quail Hollow State Park, Ohio|
The trail there is a 3.15 mile loop, with one way travel. The elevation change in the park is a whopping 50 feet, so there aren't the hills like at West Branch or Moraine. And there are so few rocks that you could probably give each one a name. There are maybe three stretches where you can see rocks and only one rock feature - and it looks like it was imported. In short it's a beginners trail. But it's still possible to have a LOT of fun there - if you just try to pick up the speed a bit. The beginning is especially fast, as there are a couple of small descents that help keep up your momentum. During the first year I rode Quail Hollow my record for lap was 29 minutes. A couple of years later I dropped it to 24 minutes. On Friday I managed to tie that on my first lap, then I took a slower paced lap where I stopped and took some photos.
|The boardwalk at the meadow at Quail Hollow.|
Saturday I did some things that had to be done, but I did take an hour or so and get in a ride on the rail trail. Time was at a premium, so I went to the closest trailhead and cranked out some miles. It's nice to be able to head out for an hour and a half ride and still know you could easily ride for another hour and a half. But sometimes you have to fit a ride in the available slot, so I was content with what I got.
|Wildlife observation platform on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.|
|Trumbull County Courthouse on the banks of the Mahoning River.|
|The new trail at Beaver Creek State Park (picture by Kenny)|
|Another pic of the new trail (by Kenny).|
Nonetheless, I can't help but hope that next weekend I can get in both some rewarding trail building time AND a fantastic ride on some singletrack. And maybe even a bit of a ride during the week, if I'm lucky and the weather cooperates. Hey, a man can dream, can't he?