XC - I mean real cross country
The other day I was riding some fire roads in truly a toasted area. The burn opened many areas of overgrown fire roads. It also burned vast areas of meadow, forest, serpentine, etc (about 70,000 acres). Having ridden the fire roads, I couldn't resist following some game trails in the burned over meadows and riding cross country back to the mine road. The land was very cracked as usual in this terrain, fire roads and all, but was fun to ride.
How many other folks ride some real cross country?
Is is legal? Would I do anything else? Would I ask first?
PS: Personally, I would only think of this in little used land. I have no desire to despoil the landscape.
I think some people refer to this a 'trail blazing' and others refer to it as 'exploration'. Each to their own I guess.
I have wandered around some well used game trails before on the bike. Ended up down at a little creek that I never knew existed. Was a nice little trip out, but I was also going a slow meandering pace.
I think there is a time and place for it, and as long as you are not hacking away at shrubs/smashing over trees/etc then I think there is nothing wrong with a little 'exploration' every now and then.
This is something that I did as a kid in Arkansas. I would just ride my bicycle or motorcycle all over the place. As long as I wasn't messing anything up my neighbors or the land owners didn't care. I was able to find creeks ponds and clear water swimming all over central AR. I wish I could still do this, but here in TX there is a different attitude to "exploration". If your not bothering anyone or the regrowth then have at it.
Needless to say I am slightly envious.
You are fortunate to have that kind of space to ride in.
We used to be able to explore like that even in-town as long as we sorta stayed out of sight (and out of mind) - there were networks of small trails connecting the parks and back lots and neighborhoods for miles. But out "in the country" we covered a lot of game trails, pipe lines, power lines, dry creeks...
Those days are long gone, though, now that everything is developed. I can't believe where they are building houses and strip malls... land that never would have otherwise been built on. Acres of fill dirt. Re-routed streams. bleh.
It's never easier - you just go faster.
Originally Posted by Paul.C
Here in Texas, "explorer" is pronounced "tres-pass-errr", and make good practice targets
I've done some exploring and accidentally made some unwanted boar friends. Gotta be careful.
We have done a fair amount of that...We have alot of crown land.
Originally Posted by telemike
Around here it is legal depends where but even in a motorized vehicle it can be legal...
But for sure on non motorized it is legal...
You can not cut down trees, or break the knap of the forest floor....
You can move deadfall, rocks, etc.....if a path is formed by multiple users it is most often let stand.
Legality depends entirely on what type of land you were on.
But you guys don't believe in public lands; out west we do!
Originally Posted by Le Pirate
To the OP: if you're on national forest or BLM land, then you're golden.
Here in NH we do something similar when it gets cold and doesn't snow - rivers, lakes, reservoirs - all make for great studded tire explorations with no trail necessary. Incidentally, rolling on ice is one of the colder rides you will encounter since the speed to effort ratio is quite high (much like road riding in the cold).
There's too much undergrowth and deadwood here to really do any off-trail exploring. Any off-trail adventures are usually referred to as bushwhacking, and it isn't much fun on foot, let alone on a bike.
I can barely get my mouth around it.
Oh, I believe in public lands 100%...however, yes, you are correct. I've grown up in TX and love it...but I wish we had public land like you guys do. I hate fences
Originally Posted by SS Hack
There is also a term referred to as “poaching”.
Originally Posted by Grinderz
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Yup. Everyone will interpret that sort of thing differently.
Originally Posted by Moustache rider
Around here, it's not even much of an option because of the thick underbrush and frequent downfalls. Super soft forest duff in the places that are open makes it even harder. You also had better be ready to soak up lots of thorns on your body.
I quite often go 'exploring' , there doesn't even have to be any trail, just riding across the hills and riding the best route over whatever terrain you come across, i've found myself walking for several miles across boggy terrain with my bike on my shoulder because of this type of mountain biking, appart from the unexpected chance of long walks I love this kind of bking. if you can do it, do it.
In Scotland we don't have tresspass laws like in England but in recent years we have introduced the countryside code of conduct, basically common sense involving farm animals, wild animals and the land etc, something i've practiced since i was a kid before there even was an official code of conduct.
I've never upset anyone yet
I scurry away with my hardtail between my legs