I finally got done with my stupid project at work and I definitely needed a day in the woods. I did some exploring of an old road that heads north in the east side of Juniper Creek and I was hoping it would go far enough north that it would tie into a creek access road. It went a long way but not far enough. But they have recently burned so even if there isn’t a trail, we can easily ride through the soot. Afterwords I hit the new section because there have been horses, or at least one horse, on it. I made some hand lettered signs asking them please don’t ride on our trail. We’ll see. Next I did a lot of straightening on Serpentinas. Maybe too much, maybe not enough. I can’t wait to ride it. The straightening might make a lap 10 seconds faster. Finally I flagged a shortcut that will cut Serpentinas in half (roughly). I didn’t finish because it wasn’t coming out where I thought it would so I needed to look at a map to get a bigger picture. It looks like the trail is getting some use. There are a few places that are covered in leaves but 99% looks easy to follow. It should be in fine shape for the time trial on the 20th of February. I also need to update the map and coordinate the trail head signage with the Forestry people. Soon. 5.5 hours
Sunday we did a pancake ride to break in the club’s new grill. Huge turnout. I was close to the front for about the first third and I was fading fast. Luckily my chain fell off so I got to ease off in the back of the pack. I also broke a spoke. It was a good ride though and the pancakes and coffee were a perfect reward.