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Offline drb81

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Trail route help.
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:58:38 PM »
The wife is wanting to try riding dirt again. Has only ridden a handful of times offroad with a little more experience on paved trails. Figured I'd try WTA, I've never been there myself. I need a very easy route to take her on, no more than 10 miles. The flatter and smoother the better. Thanks.
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 09:12:24 PM »
i'd start out from the paved Parking Lot go over the reservoir and trails are numbered(last time i was there anyhow), this way you'll skip most of the sand from the other side of the road.

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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2009, 09:12:59 PM »
For a first I would park at Hole in the fence. ride Main all the way to the river and back. maybe hit Grandpa on the way back. you can always add on if its not enough miles.
The other side tends to have more roots and could be uncomfortable for her if she hasnt ridden in a while. There are no facilities at HTF.
if you want bathrooms etc. park accross the street and do an out and back on main. The main loop is about 14 miles I think and gets rooty.  For a smoother ride stay at HTF.

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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009, 09:18:49 PM »
which parking lot is hole?
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009, 09:25:35 PM »
Number 4 on the map. Take Fletcher just over the bypass canal east of 75. The dirt parking lot down on your right. You will see it. If you look at the map, My suggestion is ride #4 to #16. then on the way back if she feels good, add on some of the other trails. Stay away from heartbreak Ridge...she wont like it. (I think its still closed anyway)
I plan on taking my wife out there too!
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2009, 09:34:29 PM »
are all the trails out there 2-way unless marked? in case she wants to venture elsewhere and finds something too difficult we can turn around and ride out?
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2009, 09:40:04 PM »
All trails are two way except by Hole in the fence.  I take my wife and two young sons to Flatwoods, park at the ranger station.  Ride the middle of the paved loop (#26-37) to the other side.  Around 4.5 miles and have the option of riding the trail back or take the paved loop back.
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2009, 09:42:11 PM »
They are all 2-way except the first and last 1/2 mile or so by the parking lot. they are very beginner friendly and turn around will be no problem......
Some of the turns are awesome if you are going fast....hang back and take them at speed.  ;D
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 09:47:49 PM »
park at the ranger station.

where is that parking lot? are there facilities there? I would bet she wants facilities nearby.
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2009, 09:56:53 PM »
park at the ranger station.

where is that parking lot? are there facilities there? I would bet she wants facilities nearby.

Morris Bridge road about 5 miles from I-75.  They have a bike wash, outside shower, and bathrooms.
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2009, 10:09:06 PM »
The trout creek site has a bike wash and bathrooms....marker number 1. Across from HTF.
but the best beginner trail is still HTF. I guess my recommendation is take her on the easiest route so she will want to come back. Let us know how it goes whatever you decide!
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2009, 07:40:25 AM »
Thanks for the help. She's ridden a few times on the flat sections at carter rd. As long as she doesn't crash she seems to have fun.
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2009, 12:34:39 PM »
If TTT offers to teach her how to ride while you're at work DO NOT TRUST HIM!!
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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2009, 02:51:57 PM »
I took my friend Arshia out to Hole-in-the-Fence when he was in town for a few days. Somehow he managed to crash on Piglet where there's the kinda eroded little downhill section at the South end of it. He spilled it in the sandy stuff at the bottom.

My route at Hole if I'm short on time and just need to get a quick fix- Start at Hole (4), one-way Main to 7, Gatorbait, Misery, Indian, Washboard, Heartbreak Ridge, Main to 16, play in the pit, Piglet, Grandpa to 6, main to 5, play in the other sandy pit, then time-trial Main back to 4 on the other one-way.

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Re: Trail route help.
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2009, 03:45:57 PM »
I took my wife out there one day, we did all of main.  She like the numbers, so she knew how much we had done and still had to go.  She thought the entire trail was pretty easy.  Let me know if you want to head out together some time, though now that my Mrs is kicking a s s on the road, she might intimidate your wife on the trails.  LOL.  Seriously, if you want another girl along to prove it is a girly sport, let me know.

 

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