Waking up to the video below made this day seem like it was starting out alright (credit to Dicky for posting before me). While drinking a cup of coffee, I watched, was impressed, inspired, and hopeful for the progress and maturation of mountain biking. For all the talk about trails being closed, bikes still being banned in Wilderness Areas, its pretty cool to see that mountain bikers can go out into the woods, and piece together a mountain bike trip on some great trails (and from the looks of it have the entire trip occur on legal trails).
The recognized trail system these hearty souls seems to be thinking to create (I’m not sure if that is the case, I’m just hoping it is), similar to the Arizona Trail, and Colorado Trail, are great, and leave open the possibility for mountain bikers to test their physical and mental endurance if they so choose to ride the entire route in one shot. With the addition of multiple access points, the chance to simply get away for a long day or a long weekend are perfect to clear all the clutter out of your head. Pick up your most recent issue of Dirt Rag, and read more about one of the “shorter” trails out there, AZ’s Black Canyon Trail, and a mention of an idea for a similar long distance trail in New York. I big thumbs up to the crew in Virginia who had the vision to make this trip happen, and I can only hope that this becomes a recognized trail system.by