My house was featured in the local open house event today, so I had to make myself scarce. I took the opportunity to get a mtb ride in and enjoyed my time, although my ride got cut short. I had an incident of chainsuck, looks like I had a misadjusted limit screw, and threw the chain off my cassette. That bent the chain some, which messed up the drivetrain. I tweaked it back to being “good enough” to get back to the TH, and took it to the shop so they could check for busted parts. The bent chain was subtle enough that I couldn’t find it on the trail.
Talking to some other riders in the area about our mtb trail opportunities, I got a somewhat crazy idea about linking our area trails together in a big, long ride. I wanted to do it all via county roads, but looking at maps of the area, it became apparent an all-county-road route would not be possible. The problem: the Angelina River bottoms. Between Nacogdoches and Lufkin, there’s only one road that crosses them: US-59. Not the ideal road because of its 70mph speed limit, but it’d really be the only option unless we REALLY wanted to go out of our way and probably spend days riding. Not this time.
It’s been a long time since I’ve gone for a midday ride. It’s been so horrendously hot it’s not been worth it. But with Tropical Storm Lee in the area, we got clouds, wind, and cooler temperatures. I really would have preferred we get some rain along with it, but I’ll take what I can get at this point. I took advantage of the temps and went for a ride.
It’s been awhile since my last post. Grad school is keeping me busy. So are trips to Schlitterbahn and yard work.
Yesterday saw a slight cool-down due to northerly breezes and I took advantage. It was in the mid-90’s when I left and down to the mid-80’s when I finished up.
I didn’t post any updates for awhile and I apologize. I had finals to deal with and hardly went to the office at all. And when I did, there was bad weather brewing so I wound up driving. So Week 2 was a wash. I didn’t bike to work, but then again I hardly drove, either. Week 3 was another matter. I biked in most of the week but wound up driving a couple of days for inclement weather forecasts. The forecast bad weather those days didn’t end up happening until well after dark, so I felt cheated.
Today I went to Lufkin to help the folks from DET-TRAC and the Angelina Bike Club with some trail maintenance at Kit McConnico Park. I hadn’t ridden there yet and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to scope the trails out before riding.
Maintenance tasks were pretty simple – raking leaves off the corners, clear some downed trees, deberming, trim back trailside vegetation, move some trash cans that don’t get emptied, that sort of thing. After a few hours of doing that, the maintenance session ended and I got my opportunity to ride.
Hey, everybody. I updated my Mountain Bike Rides map and my Paddling map with information from a few backlogged recent trips. For mountain bike rides, I’ve added a few trailheads of places I’ve ridden in the past year. For paddling, I’ve added some river access points in East Texas, as well as a couple campsites along the Angelina River. I added one hiking location to the Hikes map, Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area. You can access the 4C Trail from there, or simply do some dayhiking.
As I’ve posted before, I got my hands on a new GoPro HD Hero recently. My first “video” wasn’t much – essentially just a backyard test. I was supposed to get some real footage on Friday, but a mechanical problem halted that. So, Monday was my next opportunity, and I took advantage. I got to get some ride footage of the local trails.
Okay, so it’s getting to be time to break the monotony of riding the same place all the time. I need to hit some new trails.
My plans for riding yesterday were dashed by the fact that it took the snow a lot longer to melt than I had suspected. It was only an inch or MAYBE two, but it didn’t even start to melt off until after noon. I knew the trails would be slop, so I opted to postpone my ride until this morning, and hope that the forecast for rain held off until later in the day.