just got home from the park, had a good time, got my * handed to me for being so out of shape, and YES I got lost and YES I have issues
First impression made a good one on me, the $4 entry fee and the woman telling me she'd lock me in at 5:30 caught me off guard, but it was my first vist after all. The set up reminded me alot of Markham park. Not the actual trails but how nice everything is maintained. The big difference I see is in parks like this the biking trails are a major attraction, and a feature of the parks along with camping and other activities instead of baseball fields. I love Carter but Always felt the fishing, biking, and hiking always play second fiddle to the baseball and soccer fields in the eyes of the county.
I didn't get to do bridges on account of me taking a few wrong turns, ok stop laughing. I started out with north creek, and it kicked my butt good. I found myself walking obsticles I would have flown across a year ago, I have a definate mental block now, that and I was stopping what seemed to be every 10 feet to catch my breath. It was a fun trail that I'll have to work up to to ride it through. Next I spent a bunch of time running around the river loop, actually all the rest of the time I had left. I..um...got confused by the bailout signs, I thought I took one but it led me right back into the longer portion of river loop, I did this like 2 or 3 times. When I finally got to the end I looked at the time and it was time to get going. While the loop didn't present any major challenges it was pretty fun for me.
I appreciate how well everything on the trails are marked, me getting lost was just a result of me being there the first time and reading the map wrong. I really like the maps with the "you are here" marks on them, it kept me from pulling out my hard copy every few minutes. I am really looking foward to getting my wind back and trying other trails out.