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Rants and Raves / Indiana Jonesin'
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:53:30 AM »
We all know the feeling. That thing you love to do; that place you love to go. But life, being life, pulls you away, and you're jonesin' for your fix. That's how it was for me. Being from Michigan, it'd been too long since I'd enjoyed some of my Indiana favorites. A couple weeks ago, I made it down for an almost week of perfect weather.

The following edit is part of a trip report for back home, and with the exception of the very first two clips(Maple Hill in Kzoo), features exclusively Indiana trails. Can you recognize them all?

Thanks for the hard work in maintaining the excellence of Indiana mountain biking. :-)

Fort Harrison State Park / The Lenosky Line
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:38:05 PM »
I don't know if this is appropriate here, but I'm super stoked because today I attempted the Lenosky line(maybe it has an official/unofficial name?) at Fort Ben.

It took a few goes, but in the end, the boulder was conquered.  :) :D ;D :-*

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Footage from Rocky Ridge and Breeden Ridge
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:28:52 PM »

I have a habit of collecting some third person footage(hate POV) from trails I visit on vacation for trip reports on my local boards.  I'd been eyeing up O'Bannon all summer and the weather and work have just not cooperated.  After camping on Tuesday, and waking to rain, I moved on, down to Alabama, before returning on Friday.  First off, let me say WOW, and thank you for building such exemplary trails!  I've been around the South/East/NE, and know what a rarity it is to find riding opportunities in the style and caliber of Breeden/Rocky Ridge on public land, outside of bike parks. 

First ~half of this video is rock tech from Boulder Ridge in Oak Mountain.  Second half from O'Bannon:

This ride would end up cut short by rain, but I've ridden enough to know that I'm a huge fan, and I'll be looking for opportunities to get back ASAP.  Brilliant stuff and again, thank you!   :)

Brown County State Park / Schooner Musings
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:27:50 AM »
It had been roughly two years since I'd been to BCSP, that is until this evening.  I had vowed to never ride Schooner again when the rocks were holding moisture, and today I broke that promise.  This time around went much better, and I was able to ride all but a few items, though cleaning some items took multiple attempts. 

I do have a question regarding the feasibility of riding a couple items going the HP --->>> Limekiln direction.  Do there exist riders who can clean everything this way?  The two spots that stood out were the sustained uphill stair steps/rock garden, maybe 2/3 the way up.  The step ups look doable at the start, but get pretty tough at the top.  The other being the uphill rock garden at the re-entry to Walnut.  I don't think I could ride either of these on my best day.  Are these meant to be ridden, or HAB? 

The nasty rock garden/left turn under a leaner/step up/switchback/controlled falling over rocks/roots(not far from the HP side entry) was the other item that gave me fits.  I could ride the first part and get around the leaning sapling, but couldn't hit the exit line I needed going into the wet step up over the rock, before the switch descent.  I cleaned each part separately, but couldn't make the transition dab-free.   >:(

As a rider who seeks out the toughest double blacks around, and practices big boulder riding literally every ride, I half expected to come back and breeze through it this time.  I left physically and mentally wrecked, and a bit humbled yet again.  Something about the combination of elements.  Rock gardens in tight benches and switches, or in gulleys, make for a uniquely challenging trail.  Kudos to the builders for creating an arse kicking masterpiece.   :)

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