RR: Wacky trail - Finn Hill (again!!!)

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Well, put in my third dirt ride since the injury. Big Fill Hill, of course. The only trail I'm
willing to ride solo that is currently open. Awhile back, I heard of some bridges that were not too
difficult, so on one of my previous rides, I did a little bit of exploring. Still not feeling too
great, I found the trail entrance and turned around after a short bit of exploration. Yesterday, I
went for a full exploration. My riding partner finally was able to get out. Work and family was
cooperative. Normally we get about five or six miles of riding in this area, but with the new trails
we bumped it up to eight. Most of Finn Hill is fairly technical. Lots of ups and downs, and any flat
spots will get a log crossing. Such as yours truly:


Some of the new trails we rode were reminiscent of Bellingham; lots of mucky, tire sucking mud.
Another trail reminded me of the Crop Circles trail. Slow riding, all roots and rocks. Lots of fun.
:) We had a general idea of where the bridges were, but thankfully we received some additional
directions from a couple of kids who were busy building a new jump. The whole area is a maze of
trails. After plowing through the technical stuff, we found the beginning of the bridge trail. Not
quite what we expected. I think the swamp and these pics explain it all.

http://home1.gte.net/res1ccvg/pics/FinnSwamp1.JPG http://home1.gte.net/res1ccvg/pics/FinnSwamp2.JPG

And looking backwards: http://home1.gte.net/res1ccvg/pics/FinnSwamp4.JPG

Both of us thought that this trail was easy to do. But in warmer weather. Yes, it was a pleasant
day, in the mid 40's, but the idea of screwing up and falling into fourteen inches of water and
decomposing leaves just didn't seem appealing at the time. Maybe we're becoming soft in our old
age. ;-) After more riding and exploring, I found the other end of the bridge. Looks abit worse
for the wear:


Of course, all the overhanging branches and trees didn't encourage us. Hmmm, a little body armor, 30
degrees more on the ambient temperature, and just maybe.... :)

Great ride, all together. Been on that trail nearly since I began to ride. Nice to cross the
road and find even more trails. Never seen them in any guide book, just heard about them by word
of mouth. More miles on the same trail....sweet!!!

If I crashed into a tree and nobody was around to hear me scream, did I really make a sound?

Cameron http://home1.gte.net/res1ccvg/
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