This is from Dave D.
We started out with nine good riders in our group. Leaving the pavillion area we followed the faster group in front of ours, excited to ride the new trail the whole way. As we headed along to the entryway, I saw that the entrance of the trail was to our right and not straight ahead. so we turned in. I was unable to make it to the last workday to help complete this part of the new trail and I figured that is probably when it was worked on. Well my pondering did not last long, as I was faced with several back to back challenges to contend with - a roll over, a sharp turn, a brief climb, a sequence of ups and downs - goodness - they really threw in some good and challenging sections to the beginning of this unique trail. Boy was I happy. It was great to ride a new and exciting trail, right here at home - it was right here! cool!
You seem to get about 2/5th's of the way in and realize that you are really working. The loss of breath overcomes the "what's around the next corner excitement" that is driving you to pedal pedal pedal. I felt it right about the section that one rider calls the scenic overlook with the white lines guiding the way. It is the section that is a steady climb up and then makes a U-turn to the right right at the top and then goes along the ridge. When we were "paving" this section during a workday, we joked about how it seemed like we should be putting down white and yellow lines just like the road crews do. During this workday I learned how to turn a nasty sandy unrideable section into a trail that is sustainable, rideable, safe and enjoyable with use gravel, dirt and asphalt. I really learn a lot and enjoy the workdays.
Of course at the top of that ridge you catch your breath as you ride it and off you go, through the rest of this exciting trail, anticipating the next drop, the next curve, the next climb.
As I'm riding, I find myself thinking, this is my favorite section, then I ride along a little more and find my self saying, no, this is my favorite section. Gee, it's the whole trail!