I’ve been in a funk this week. It’s been a challenging week for me personally.
One of the things that helps me to get out of “The Funk” (that’s a technical term BTW) is a nice bike ride. So yesterday I used my training ride to do some trail riding. And I
stole borrowed my GoPro from work. So I present to you a look at my home single track. These trails are literally outside my office door which means I am super lucky to live and work where I do. These trails were the ones that I did the Clarkson XC race on a couple of weeks ago.
What you miss in the video are the rocks and roots on the trail. It looks pretty smooth when you watch the video. It is in many places, others not so much. There are a lot of leaves down on the trail right now. It’s a little easier to follow the trail in “real life” than on the video (so I am NOT making up the route!). The leaves add a challenge in that you don’t get a clear view of what you are riding over. It’s important to be soft on the bike and let it roll over the things you cannot see. Absorb the bumps and rocks with your knees and arms. It’s not so bad right now because we are pretty dry. But when wet, the leaves present a slippery hidden obstacle course.
The other thing you miss in the video is the smell. Fall is full on in the North Country. It’s a season that you can smell. The falling leaves give a rich earthy aroma that I love.
The video is about 9 minutes long. If nothing else the music is awesome! (Hope you don’t get motion sick 🙂 )
Music: “Bouncing Round the Room” – Phish, “The Distance” – Cake, “Hells Bells” – Hayseed Dixie
(Funk getting better. Love holding office hours for my students with dirt on my face…..)