25 June 2006 - 18:41A picture perfect day
For a weekend that was forcast to be rain rain and yet more rain, it certainly turned out pretty good.
Last night we did some exploring on the Waterworks trail network. Much potential exists up there, it is in need of serious work. There are trails that simply start and end up nowhere. Really. You find these disjointed gems by luck. We found most of them because the trails we did try dead ended. We’ll be making a push for more and better development up there. It’s nice to have fun stuff in your back yard.
This morning we did a Niner ride. DA, Ponte and I took off early morning to Millstone, to go and see the trails that we have been hearing so much about lately. A 1×9 SIR 9, a rigid One 9, and my One 9.
We were not disappointed at all. We only had a few hours to play, so we tried to keep things mellow, but it was very easy to get carried away. Pay the $8 daily trail fee, it is worth every penny.
Millstone features a long network of rolling singletrack trails that weave in and around old granite quarries. While the trails aren’t extremely technical, they are hard to ride fast. They are very rolly, and dart around trees and granite blocks. I call it big grin singletrack. Amazingly fun, it reminded me of a flat Perry Hill, only with lots of nice water filled quarries.
There are lots of cool old quarry leftovers dotted about the trails. Besides seeing the old water filled pits, there are chunks of granite everywhere, from small to huge. Every once in a while you cross a buried anchor cable. It all adds to the experience. These trails are very well mapped and marked.
The only cloud that passed over us during the ride, was my poor bike. I have been too lazy to replace the stripped set screw for my EBB. I clipped a couple of rocks which caused the EBB to rotate, which in turn, pretty much eliminated any chain tension I had. Needless to say, I kept dropping the chain. Not so good.
We finished the day with some fun little bridges, some exposed granite slickrock, twisty tight singletrack, and a trip up a giant rubble heap that overlooks more giant chunks of rock.
I managed to get back to the truck, and open the store, just in time.
Tomorrow we will be performing surgery on my One 9. It will involve drilling, cursing and other ugly stuff.