ride report – 06/12/2011

Decided to hit the trails above Mt Laurel at around 1:30pm on Sunday.  It took quite a bit of self motivation for me to not lay on the couch and watch TV instead….just wasn’t feeling it for some reason but knew I had to get in some time on the bike since I was only able to ride once during the rest of the week.

Rather than riding down Hwy 41 and taking pavement up to the ridge, I went ahead and endured the painful hike-a-bike from Spoonwood Lake up to the paved ridge line road.

Turned left at the paved road and continued all the way to the radio/cell tower.  From there I took a doubletrack trail across the ridge until it met up with the gravel road.  This was my first time on this doubletrack in almost a year and I found that it had been recently smoothed out, making it much more enjoyable to ride than in previous years.

Took gravel road until it forks, giving the option of going two different routes which both follow ridgelines (with a rather deep valley between).  I chose the left route (what I usually call the north trail) and followed it to the second power line crossing.

Got to have a mid-ride snack of fresh blackberries.

nature's energy snack

On the way back I happened to run into Travis, who was on a much longer ride than me (he rode from Mt Laurel to Soccer Blast, then on Dunnavant Valley Greenway to a trail that took him to the top of the ridge).  While waiting for him to finish a phone conversation he was having, I snapped a few pics looking across the deep valley between the two ridges.

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