Michigan Mountain Biking Association
pharus wrote:I went riding with my buddy John tonight and we were about 50 feet from the end. Coming down a long straightaway, we had a pretty good head of steam going, I would say probably 16-18mph, and then there is a boardwalk about 30 feet long and 2 feet wide. John was in the lead, and when I hit it, I was a little too close to the edge for comfort, probably within 4 inches, but luckily for me, my guardian angel gave me a little nudge back to the center, as he often does when I'm about to do something terribly bad on the trail. John R's guardian angel was taking a nap, so he did not benefit from any special protection. The end of the boardwalk had a bit of a bump in it 3 feet from the end, then there is a drop off of about 6 inches down to the trail at the end of the boardwalk. I looked up in time to see him dive off the end of the boardwalk at what looked like 100mph and do an endo over his bike, followed by his bike doing an endo over him. He and the bike ended up in a cloud of dust 20 feet past the last board. The most spectacular crash I've ever seen. He had a cut eyebrow like a boxer, a bloody nose, a swollen eye, and the usual scraped forearms and knees. The bike had a flat rear tire and a major wobble to the front wheel. He tried riding it after we pumped it up, but the front wheel was wobbling so much I had to laugh, he looked like he was riding a Three Stooges bike. I ended up riding back and got the truck to come get him.
craig wrote:As long as we are discussing that section of trail....where does the new trail (across the paved path at the end) lead to? I was too tired to explore, so I just went left on the paved path as usual.
Steve_Kinley wrote:I'm confused, by boardwalk do you mean the tree you can ride across right before hitting the pavement? I know others have crashed there as well. Many times I have taken the trail to the left that Bob mentions if it is wet or I am tired.
The gravel section you talk about surprised me too. I imagine it was dumped there to help fill the section; it is wet for long stretches at a time. But it is pretty sketchy to try and turn on it.
I did notice that there seems to be additional gravel where the trail dumps onto the paved path along Drahner road. Either that or there has been a lot of material accumulation this summer. Combined with hitting the raised asphalt at a slight angle and it can get your heart rate up a beat or two.
utabintarbo wrote:I'll be checking Addison this afternoon for ramifications of last evenings "festivities". I will post back with my findings, such as they are.
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