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    Cool-blue Rhythm Just another sunny Saturday on Kodiak Island

    Well, partly sunny. We did a nice little cruise over our Haus Berg, out the ridge on the far side, scouted some new trail potential, and then came back over the top and down the singletrack into town. Nice miles.

    Leaving the tundra and bear berries behind, and entering the alders and spruce forest:





    Threading the needle and dealing with an inconvenient root:



    There are long sections out in the open where the trail gets totally overgrown in the summer. Welcome to the jungle:



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    Awesome scenery.

    The background is nice too.

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    Another Saturday, more sunshine...

    We were going to do a longer ride involving going over the top of a few mountains, but it was WINDY, so after messing around up high for a while, we just dropped down off the ridges and spent a bit of time in the forest instead.

    Leaving the summit and the wind behind:







    It's not long before we are up to our armpits in salmonberries and grass:



    I purposely built the trails to stay in the spruce trees as much as possible, since they grow slowly and don't need cutting back often, they shade the understory so I don't have to stay on top of the weeds taking over everything, and they keep snow off the trails better. Here is a patch of bear berry between spruce stands:





    Down in the mature spruce and moss forest:











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    distance?

    Cool pics. Your trails look like alot fun. How far can you ride without seeing to much of it twice? Do the bears use that nifty little log crossing?

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    I have not added all the mileage up, but I could ride for a good 3 or 4 hours and not repeat a section of the stuff I have built over the years. We have 3 loops we can ride with variations on each one, and they are more or less "private" trails in the sense that almost no one knows about them so we are the only users. I guess the bears may cross the bridges sometimes, but game generally don't like walking over things they can see through. A bear did stick his paw through one bridge and busted some of the cross pieces. Little booger.

    A shot from last winter on our loops:

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    I must say those are some excellent pics. I especially like the first set with the Lavender vs Forest Green very nice contrasts...

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    nice shots, I sure do miss the crab festival mtn bike stage race.

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    Yep, it's sad. The Crab Festival races died many many years ago. 8 stages in 4 days was tough though (despite one stage being a bike toss).

    Some more, from Sunday:

    The little ladder bridge from below (yes, it would hurt bad if you fell off this side):



    Carvin it up:



    This section needs some work. The local high school running team established this trail section, and a runner has a different perspective on root-choked abrupt transitions.





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