TrentonMakes Posted August 18, 2014 Share #1 Posted August 18, 2014 Yesterday I loaded the bike in the car and drove to Clayton Park near Imlaystown NJ - I used to ride here all the time, but it was a lot easier when I only lived 15 minutes away. Now it's about 35, too far to be a regular thing when I have other places closer to home. Hadn't ridden here in at least 5 years but I still managed to remember most of it. One of my favorite sections has been posted with "pedestrian traffic only" signs, a bummer, but the detour isn't so bad. I remember this as mostly fast, smooth singletrack but the years haven't been too kind - a whole lot of earth has worn away and there are roots everywhere, many that have become big bumps. Of course two hurricanes have come through since the last time I was here so it's not too surprising that it looks different. There's a whole lot of loose sandy material that looks like someone's effort to smooth things out (this is a County park), but for now that's like an obstacle in itself, trying to hold the wheel straight. Honestly, I had forgotten how much more aerobic MTBing is. standing, negotiating the bumps on the downhill, then spinspinspin like hell to make it up the next little climb. Off-on-off-on, the whole time. My roadie has a double with a 39T small ring so spinning in the 32T got my heart moving faster than usual. I've read that if you don't fall you're not trying hard enough - well, I didn't fall, but I had three "oh shit" moments and that's close enough. There were a couple steeply banked curves that I don't remember and flying through those was awesome. the blurry photo makes it look like I'm going fast! The trail rides up and down these gullies cut by a couple creeks. Looks like some storm carnage in the background. Clearly the geometry of this bike [23"] doesn't do me any favors on technical descents. the perspective is lost in this photo but this is the one section that foiled me, twice - this is a steep bowl with a downed tree on the right acting as a curb, roots on the descent and a big tree on the left making a narrow path through at the bottom. I chickened out (well, I rode it, but very slowly down the hill and that doesn't count) my favorite part - you cross the bridge and hit a wall with a few S-curves on the way up. The line used to go to the right of the small tree on the other side but you can see the roots there. The smoothest line now goes to the left of that tree but it's banked the wrong way. Still, I managed to clear it [once] and was pretty happy about that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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