I've been talking with my co-worker, Jared, and his wife, Tammy, for nearly a year now about going mountain biking with them. At first, I was really nervous about it but willing to try it. Since I've gotten more confident in my road riding, I've felt more and more ready to try out trail riding. I always loved running through the woods when I was younger, so why not biking? Last night, the stars and schedules finally aligned, and we went for a ride on the beautiful 8 miles of trail through the Cannonsburg State Game Area. I've got pictures to prove it!
Jared, Tammy, another co-worker named Mike and I gathered a little after 7:00 and hit the trails. I felt a little strange riding my mountain bike again. It felt enormous and heavy compared to what I've gotten used to. But strangely enough, as soon as those fat tires hit the sand, gravel and roots of the trail, it all felt natural.
First of all, let me say that this ride was a TON OF FUN! Jared warned us before the really technical sections, so we knew what to expect before literally diving into them. I let myself take it at my own pace. I know very little technical riding skills, so I walked over the obstacles that I wasn't comfortable with. But overall, I spent a lot of time out of the saddle, and I road nearly the entirety of all four sections of the the trail.
Cannonsburg SGA was a great place to start mountain biking. It was not too insane for the noob but challenging enough for the seasoned rider. I can see why this sport is addicting to people. I REALLY want to go again!
After the ride, we enjoyed a recovery Fat Tire from New Belgium brewing, which Jared and Tammy brought back from Colorado with them after their mountain biking trip to Crested Butte last year. They leave tomorrow to go back for two weeks, and they promised to bring more Fat Tire home for everyone. Yah!