Michigan Mountain Biking Association
desk_jockey wrote:vette-ss wrote:Trail was great and ditto the pine mentioned above. Also keep an eye out around the 12-1/2 mile parking spot. Wife and I finished late under the lights; when we got back to the car she asked me if I had the keys because it looked like someone had popped our gas door open searching.....sometimes I put them there. I'm fairly certain our car was about 5 gallons lighter on fuel than when we parked as we had just filled it up. If you see someone walking in the area with a gas can give them the finger for me. Hopefully a fellow biker wouldn't do something like this....
This is scary because I always park at 12.5 mile and leave my keys in the gas cap. Dang.
GHamilton wrote:Rode yesterday and noticed some shortcuts being used to avoid some turns. What's the rule of thumb for this? Should the reroutes be blocked?
Dirtdevil wrote:Widow-maker on lost loop just after you take the sharp left next to the creek. Sneaks up on you so heads-up!
On a side note, a friend we were riding with tonight crashed & broke her ankle-not far after the first bridge crossing when you finish the expert loop. EMS was called, but it took them a very long time to get to her in the woods, even though we were biking in front of them & leading the way. Problem was that all they had was a full-sized pick-up truck & they had difficulty navigating through some of the tight areas of the trail. I was rather shocked that they didn't have a 4-wheeler that they could drive back there in order to expedite the rescue. She had to be carried out on a backboard, the endure the slow roll back through the woods in the pick-up. Thank God for good drugs. Not only was it difficult to drive the truck through the woods, there wasn't any directional (think GPS) markers that could help them locate her. Thankfully we were group riding so we had enough folks to stay with her & a couple to meet the EMS folks. It was evident that while waiting for the rescue she was starting to go into shock. Shock kills. I'd hate to think of what would happen if someone had a heart-attack or stroke while out enjoying the trail-when time is of the essence. When we mentioned this to the EMS personnel, they said that the fire chief isn't aware of how heavily used the trail system is. I find this hard to believe, especially given the MMBA's relationship with the city as well as all of the other rescues that I know have happened on the trail.
FlintMITropics wrote:That's horrible to hear the story about the girl. Really glad to hear she's alright. I don't know about any of you, but I carry a few things with me when I ride in case of emergencies. Besides a tube and tire irons, I carry a few things you might find useful, listed below.
-I carry a small whistle that I can blow on in case I get hurt and can't move. The whistle will travel much further through the woods and use less energy than yelling for help.
-I have a paracord bracelet on my frame and a multi tool also, in case I might need to splint something or make a sling for someone, or myself.
-I put my drivers license and insurance card in my saddle bag as well. In case I get knocked out and someone finds me, they'll be able to tell who I am.
-Last, I don't keep a password on my phone so if someone finds me they'll be able to access my emergency contacts and the GPS on my maps app or Strava.
I'd love to hear whatever you all keep on you in case of emergencies as well.
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