Sunday, February 5, 2012

29/29 - FIVE: Down the Road

Photo #5:
The road...

...is down there.

The details:
A while back we explored a new-to-us spur road that leads to the top of Alpha Trail. The trail is open all year to mtn. bikes, but I don't care for sloppy, muddy, trail riding, so we saved it for next summer. A couple weeks ago during all the rain, we'd heard tales of a landslide, so we had to go check it out for ourselves. Had to pass a few barriers to get there...hope they don't mind...
 
The riders who stumbled across this were on a night ride and lucky to not have gone over. Looks like we won't be riding Alpha for a while.
The rest of the ride was less eventful. We were looking for some easy miles and a chance to explore some of the spur roads. Rumor has it that there are unmarked trails at the end of all spur roads. It seems to be true. We found many, most going sharply down the hill.
Another small landslide
Spur road

8.47 mi
1.18 hrs.
6.5 av (ha!)
20.37 mx

8 comments:

  1. Interested in geology I find everything that morphs the landscape quite fascinating. Curiosity then has the better of me... like you I would have to look behind the barrier and see what's there. Fascinating!

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    1. I should learn more about geology. Some many formations, especially in the mountains, and I don't know how they came about.

      The whole forest was closed for a few days after, and we drove by to see how many cars were parked at the gates while people went and explored. The place was more or less full, business as usual. Seems many of us must cross that barrier! :)

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  2. Glad someone food out about the slides before people got hurt.

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    1. So true, I can't imagine coming up on it in the dark!

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  3. The only problem with trails that lead sharply downhill, is that darn climb back uphill if no other way out.

    I too am glad no one was hurt on that night ride when they found the slide. Scary stuff.

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    1. And that is why we didn't go down anything we didn't want to climb back up! :D

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  4. Yikes!! Glad no one was injured and those others saw it in time. Very scary thought of going over that in the dark.

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    1. Agreed. Scary stuff and a long way down. I don't know if the trail will ever be reopened.

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