Sat, 28 Jan 2006
We finally went back to the Ft Pierce trail today.
Rob and I had gone up there about two years ago. It was a nice trail, and
we were having fun, until Rob broke his chain. I had a chain tool, but no
rivets, so we had to go home after riding only half the trail. Then the
four-wheeler guys started tearing up the trails, then the land was sold and
the new owners chased everyone off, then the hurricanes came through and
destroyed everything. So we were excited when we heard the trail was open
again, and in a (mostly) legal fashion. Me and Rob and John went up this
We got all inflated and helmeted and gloved and adjusted and hydrated and
everything else you do before a ride.
The trail was very nice. Lots of wooden structures, lots of carpet, some
twisty trails, roots, and a bit of sand. John took my camera and got a shot
of me with Rob. Then he shot one of me crossing a log bridge. I look a
little tentative, but I was moving pretty fast there. I returned the favor
and tried to take an action shot of John.
We all went down at least once. The trail was new and surprising, unlike the
other local trails that we have memorized. We regrouped at the truck. A
pretty good-sized group had gathered in the parking area.
We went back out for a couple more laps. We all crashed at least two more
times. John and Rob lost blood, but I just did some faceplants in the dirt.
We drank some water, cleaned up a bit, loaded up the truck, and rolled on out.
We had decided to stop at Halpatiokee part on the way home, as we'd heard the
trails had improved there. Rob and I rode there late last year during a
bike hash. The hash had obviously been active there, as we saw a check and
some marks, all done in fresh flour. The trails really weren't different from
what we had seen before. We did a mile or so of singletrack, then a couple
miles of grassy doubletrack. The last time Rob and I had been there it had
been muddy doubletrack, so it was a nice change.
All in all it was a great morning. We rode a new trail, and got reaquainted
with an old one. We did three laps of a little over three miles each at
Ft Pierce, and just over five miles at Halpatiokee, for a total of 15 miles
for the day.
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