The M.C.F. Trails
The legs took a while to bounce back from yesterday's cold 44 miles, but with the help of my friends at Sierra Nevada (Celebration Ale- OMG!) and the pizza place down the road, they bounced back big time. So I headed over to Midland, MI to take a look at the Midland City Forest trails. And I have to say it was WELL worth the 35+ minute drive. The trails kicked ass! SUPER tight, bermed corners, wooden bridges, marked trails (a rare sight in WPA). It was like a very well taken care of Boyce Park back in Pittsburgh.
I did a couple laps, back tracked on a couple and then did another hunk of trail "just 'cause it was fun!" The M.C.F. trails were the best I have ridden here so far. They had roots, some rocks, and more curves than party at the Playboy mansion (with none of the STDs!).
While still no REAL climbing, the trails required so much finesse that it felt a little tougher than trails that flat should be. There were a few little grunts to make it worth while for sure. I rode for 2 hours there and I'm pretty sure I had a smile on my face the full 120 minutes.
These trails were serious fun. And has with the Mid Michigan Community College trails, they are made that much "funner" by being about 35 minutes from home. The trails reminded me of the best sections of Boyce Park, the Leesburg BD course, Lodi farms and Bavington all rolled into one perfect single track package. It was so perfect at times, I mentioned to Wifey that I'm almost think that Dow Chemical (whose factories/HQ is in Midland) has come up with some sort of SingleTrackz® chemical spray that the forest gets dosed with. That or there are just some good trail builders with a love of making some fun trails. I sure hope to get some more riding in there before the snows.
On the way home I put trust in my borrowed GPS system to get me back to MP. I ended up in te cul de sac of a Midland neighborhood. I turned that shit off ASAP and went with instinct. 30 minutes later I was home in MP kicking it with B-Man, Wifey and the visiting Papa-O'.
What a great weekend. 2:45 of gravel, 2 hours of sweet single track. I could sort of get used to this.