Middle Tennessee Dirt Riders

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Westpoint July 20th

  • July 22, 2019 9:02 AM
    Message # 7790659

    Let's start by saying it was hot.  

    I arrived with our newest MTDR member Anna Craddy.  She's from MI and has ridden "trails" there for a while and was ready for Westpoint.  Paul Fluss was the only other to join us which was great but I was hoping for a few more. 

    We left Gas Stop about 8:00 am, a bit behind schedule but it still was not to hot.  The goal was to do the entire A-loop with both new sections, about 24 miles.  A mile or so in we stopped to allow Anna to catch up.  She looked at Paul and I and said, "these are not trails there are little ditches the rain water follows through."  Welcome to TN single track.  Did I say that they has a ton of rain there recently.  

    With the trails a bit overgrown we pressed on.  We made it about a third of the way through the new section of A on the west side of Ore road well before Monkey Head and both Anna and her bike had over heated.  She rode like a champ and with some coaching sent it up a few hills like an animal but the heat got her.  Did I mention she was on a stock older YZ250F.  

    She picked up Ore road and headed back to Gas Stop.  I give her an A for effort and sticking it out.  Welcome to MTDR we are glad to have you aboard. 

    Paul and I the proceeded to haul the mail.  With a stop at the falls to cool off  and one more stop before the new section of A just past the A split. 

    We only encountered a few downed trees and minor trail diversions.  The dirt was great and it was't very muddy at all.   

    But once we emerged from the woods at noon, Paul and I were spent.  It was way to hot and we were both done.

    If you didn't make it, well you missed a great ride.  Next time I think I'm going to explore the trails on the west side by event parking.  James Gates tells me he has ridden a 20ish mile loop there.

    On the way back we stopped at Shaffer Farms Custom Meat to pick up some steaks for dinner.  If you haven't stopped I highly recommend it.  They sell Prime meats and have a great restaurant as well. 

     Here is a link: https://goo.gl/maps/pA4mY6vuFzxquLXg8




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