When we got to the start of the trail, Leigh Easter pulled up out of nowhere! She said she lived nearby and rode the trails all the time. You could tell because she was a “badlass” on the trails! She is a mom/mtn biker extraordinaire! We started out on the Mill side (across the bridge from the parking lot). This is the extremely fun, flowy side, with dips and curves, and smooth, fast trails. The approach trail, Moore’s Pass (.5), is a beginner trail, but a little off-putting as it is just sort of a gradual, slow climb to the Knot, where all the trails intersect. It was sort of crowded there, so we didn’t hang out for long. We started on the Raceway trail (1.8), flying and flowing, dipping and diving, and woo-hooing! Funny, I passed some female hikers who commented on how nice it was to see a woman riding on the trail. And I said, proudly, “Thank you! Well, you’re about to see 12 more of them right behind me!” It was only 8 more, so I don’t know where I got the number 12, but it probably sounded really impressive to them.
It wasn’t all fun and games, as the Powerhouse trail (1.8, extra loop off Raceway) was a bit of climbing, but the payoff was wonderful as we got some major speed on the other side going back down, meeting up with Raceway again. It was fun waiting at the end and seeing everyone crisscrossing through the woods, talking it up and enjoying themselves. I realized how much I was enjoying sharing this trail. We finished the Mill side by riding on the Turbine trail (1.0) all the way back to the bridge. There were a lot of woop-di-doos (sp?) on Turbine. I kept thinking to myself, “Now is the time to use that dropper post, Liz”, but I still just don’t feel comfortable doing it. I could imagine me letting the seat post back up accidentally right as I was going over one of those woop-di-doos and making it a woop-di-don’t.