Around this time every year the trails in and around my town become packed with users. Hikers, horses, and bikers all flock to the trail for one reason. It’s getting hot and everybody wants one last cool morning on the trail at a reasonable hour. The next three months of summer will mean 4am wake up calls and rides ending by 8am. Or road trips to the mountains to seek refuge in the pine trees.
As I rode yesterday, I noticed the impact on the trail. The turns are a little wider, brake bumps are a little deeper and there is even a bit of litter floating around in the breeze. Now I have never been much of the IMBA trail preacher type, but it seems like we might need to bring some users up to speed.
- Singletrack is best when it is single.
- Litter belongs in the trash, not in the dirt.
-And most importantly, it’s perfectly acceptable to say hello to fellow users no matter what their mode of trail transport might be.
I think it is really that simple, but this is just one man’s opinion. We are all out there doing something we love and there is no real reason why it has to get abused. Let’s look out for each other and for our beloved trails. And have a whole lot of goddamn fun in the process.
Thanks for reading my senseless little rant. Keep it dirty…