On with the report ...
Arrived at the parking area to find a herd of down-hillers loading up their bikes, all muddy and happy. I figured what with all the full-suspension bikes they were sporting, I would not be riding the same messy trails. Yeah it's wet, and drippy, but really, I'm staying on the roads. How messy can it be?
Probably not quite as messy as the herd, but still, I was sporting polka-dots before I returned to the car.
It was beautiful and oh so peaceful in the forest. Sometimes foggy, sometimes beautiful views touched with mist. Autumn colors everywhere. This is why I love this forest. Went into the forest feeling anxious and restless, came out at peace with the world.