you go for a ride in an area you have been riding for ten years and FIND NEW (to you) TRAILS.
I thought I knew my local trail system like the back of my hand but I just had an epiphany while out on a ride with my dog. Once, while I was waiting for my furry friend to catch up today I looked over and saw a trail I had never even though about riding. So I figured I should probably go and see where it went. I had always thought that it was an overgrown horse trail or some worthless remnant of a mining road. Instead it lead to a nice looooong climb for a few miles to the top of a ridge. Since I had the dog I stopped at the top and descended the way I came so as not to wear him out following me as I got lost. The trail looked like it descended for miles and possibly close to a thousand feet of elevation. Going back tomorrow to find out.
The second new trail was a result of me taking the easy climb instead of the harder steeper one since I was taking it slow because the fur factory was fading (as was I after the first adventure) Turns out I found a nice flowy singletrack with a few tech sections and pretty flat all along. It looped back further down the original trail but avoided a long boring downhill and equally boring climb.
While both of these trails have been ridden by many before me they are still of the less trafficked variety. I guess a few years ago I got stuck in a rut of riding the same loop all the time in the same direction. The loop is probably some of the best singletrack in the state but having ridden it hundreds of times, I have been getting bored and started to avoid it. Now I have a whole renewed interest in the area all thanks to taking the mutt out for a mellow ride and having an open mind.
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