My friends Van, Chris and I went on a moutain bike ride around Timothy Lake. I can’t believe this place is only 1 1/2 hours from my front door. This has to be one of the coolest places to ride a mountain bike. The single track trail circles the lake mostly along the lakeshore. It’s only 16+ miles all the way around but some of the trail is super technical including about 800 feet of elevation gain. You must dodge softball sized rocks and tree roots seem to pop out of everywhere. The trail is well maintained and is quite picturesque. We were lucky because the weather turned out to be perfect with only a couple of sections of muddy trail to negotiate. Here’s Van and Chris taking a short break.
Chris had some problems early on with his bike and basically was not a happy camper. Nothing worse the having your bike ghost shift while climbing a gravel trail. However, he soldiered on complaining only every couple of miles, LOL. Here’s a pic of Chris expressing his feelings towards the bike shop, Bike n’ Hike, that was supposed to tune his bike PROPERLY.
As you can see Chris has difficulty expressing his sensative side. Here’s a pic of me by the lakeside.
All in all, it couldn’t have been a better day. Personally, my fitness level is the best it has every been since I started riding bikes 2 years ago. I’m sure when I was in my early twenties, I might have been somewhat firmer but my endurance level is ridiculous. I was climbing like a mad man not realizing that I did the whole ride in my largest chain ring. Not once did I feel fatigued nor did the evil gremlin make an appearance on my shoulder imparting his negative wisdom. I had him conquered, locked safely away. Here are some other pics I took. Enjoy!
Above is a nice pic of the lake.
Here’s a pic of my bud, Van the Man.
Here’s a self portrait. Note to all, don’t try to taking pictures while riding a mountain bike. It’s not a good thing. Holding a camera in your right hand while trying not to drive off the single track while breaking only with the front break.