Bend Oregon is my new favorite mtb town and I want to come back to do a lot more riding, eating and drinking here.
Following some advice from a girl I met in the airport, I went to Pine Mountain Sports and rented a Superlight 29er from their super
friendly and knowledgeable staff. I failed to reserve a bike in time and Paco was actually going to lend me his own SC Blur until the other
bike came in at the last minute.
I rode over to Phil's Trail for my first experience here and had a great ride, kind of a mix of NCT and desert like rocks/dirt and flowy.
Rode up to Helicopter Pad (tough rock climbing) and then turned around and rode downhill on Ben's Trail all the way back to the lot.
I was smiling the whole time and then saw their impressive pump track, someone put some serious dirt moving into this one.
The next day I got up early and went over to the Meadow Rec Area site to ride another recommendation from PMS - the River Trail.
I got lost a few times, but got where I wanted to and there were awesome views of the Deschutes River and Lava fields along the way.
I didn't have much time to get as far as I wanted, but had a bunch of fun and it made me want to come back to explore the whole thing.
Everyone told me that there are hundreds of miles of cool flowy singletrack here and I will be back for a week full of riding soon !