I wanted to take a ride tonight, nothing too long. I was alone (except for the dog) and wanted to do some exploring. I find riding alone on newer trails makes things a bit more exciting. I parked at the top of the Freeland Mountain near Upper Lehigh, and worked my way in on old quad paths. I found some trails certainly not great biking trails, but
They had a flow of up’s & downs. I followed them to the edge of the Mountain and proceeded downhill…a sweet downhill. I arrived at the base of the old Beach Mtn ski slopes.
I had been here a number of times, and the climb back up was a Mother. Loose gravel, rocky, eroded, long…but not too steep. I have never been able to make it to the top without stopping to rest or put a foot down due to poor lines.
As I started to climb, I was feeling good…thinking to myself “Today I WILL make this climb.” It’s about a two mile climb and I was half way there…no burning legs, not today.
I was in the groove. As things steepened up a bit I began to loose traction and spin,
Not wanting to stop I turned slightly up the off camber of the path onto more solid ground…no stopping…no stopping…the front tire lifted…I cant stop…keep peddling, as I rode a wheelie to the point of no return I didn’t stop peddling or take my hands off the bars until I was on the ground. A crash up-hill. Elbow first into the ground. Not good.
I dusted myself off, and walked up the rest of the way, thinking how close I was.
Some day my friend…some day.
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