Author: Brett Grandin
It was a nice weekend for a ride - lucky for us, as it had been arranged some two weeks ahead of this day.
Two of my riding companions and I had decided to venture to our favourite riding area for a ride in some country that we had not been to for about 12 months.
We suit up and head off on the transition stage to the start of the day’s dirt adventure. The black top is a necessity to get to the ideal start point and as we make our way to the start of the dirt trail we start to feel the beast beneath and realise what we’ve been missing over the festive, hot season.
The summer months always seem to pass so slow, so we relish the chance to ride again and enjoy the company of mates in the great outdoors. It brings joy just to think that the season has started for trail riding adventure.
The fire trails were pristine and would appear not to have been used in the time that we had last passed this way. The dust is under control and the surface is a little soft and slippery. In places the trail appears impassable , but with some creative thinking we make ramps to get over the fallen trees, and fill in the troughs on the hill climbs made by the flowing water from the past wet season. All great stuff to get back into the swing of riding. By this time two or three hours had passed so we found a place to take a break.
As we rested at a water crossing point on a main dirt road, traffic passes and along comes the local Ranger. The Ranger asked about how we were doing and passed the time of day before continuing on his rounds. Good to see that Rangers can be good guys.
Continuing our trip the three of us venture onto some more ground and some great scenery. This is what it is all about - the great outdoors with some mates, doing what we enjoy most, away from the stresses of the working world.
Six solid hours of riding before making it back to the cars, and didn’t we all know that we had been off the bikes for some time! Clearly we need to ride more to regain our ride fitness, so the conversation quickly turns to planning our next ride date.