Friday, May 1, 2009

Off Road

Since I've had to ride my mountain bike for the past few weeks, I decided to finally let it be a mountain bike and actually take it off road. This will be my second time ever riding dirt trails instead of paved ones!

I recently discovered Plaster Creek park, which is about a mile and a half from my house, and noticed that there were some mountain bike trails heading off of the paved trail. So I decided to explore today. It turns out that there's quite an extensive network of trails in this park! Nothing too technical, except for some obstacles that I considered impassible without getting off of my bike. I have just a hair above zero knowledge of mountain biking techniques, and I'm also kind of a chicken, do I didn't go trying to teach myself anything new today.

For example, I did not try to jump these dirt mounds.

I did not try to ride over these logs (or any of the many other logs across the trail), though I'm sure someone who knows what they're doing would not find this too challenging.

And I did not fall into the river here.

I did however ride about 5 miles on the dirt (about 8 miles total) and had a good time. I really should consider mountain biking more if I ever get sick of road biking. ;)

1 comment:

  1. Looks like fun! I've never tried mountain biking, but maybe I should. Mountain bikes themselves don't excite me at all, though, so maybe I'd just rent one.