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.
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