Monday, September 1, 2008

Mianus - Photo Run

Mianus River Park Photo Run - Sept 1st, 2008

- Chimney off Laurel Trail -
A short trail off the Laurel Trail brings you to this interesting old fireplace/chimney ruin.

- Twisty on Fisherman's Loop (1 of 2) -
Down by the river is a fun riding challenge -- 
squeezing thru these twisted trees and sharp twists and turns. 

- Twisty on Fisherman's Loop (2 of 2) -
Same spot -- opposite angle.

- Mianus River Park Dam - 
A quick jaunt off the Main Road takes you to the dam... 

- Mianus River Park Dam (2 of 2) -
The pond bed is dry all through the year except Winter.  (bike highlighted)

4-Way >
(interactive 360 degree sweep of a 4-way trail intersection)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Greg's Race at Diablo Freeride Park

Diablo Freeride Park - Vernon, NJ

August 24th, 2008

- Photos Courtesy of Sonya Szostak - 

 - Awaiting the Race ...

A Bad Fall Ruined it All

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Trumbull - July 13, 2008

Pequonnock River Valley State Park 

I rode on Saturday alone (Greg had a party to attend) but I didn't take my camera. I went first to the Old Mine area and, after a long slog up the main hill (it was huge), I hit the trails at the very back-end and shot back down the main hill on the single track traversing the spots where the old mine shafts were.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the main park, starting from the Whitney Road trail on the east side of the river... proceeding to the Indian Ledge cliffs...

The trail down from the top of Indian Ledge to the river 
Sadly out of focus

...riding along the river for a short while... riding up the hill (upwards from the bridge ruins - could be an old farm/logging road) to the Town Playground where I rested - and splashed water on my face. (I got pretty hot)

I then proceeded--via the new trail I discovered a while ago--up to the upper red trail and rode all the way to the fire road (only hit a tree once!). After the tree incident, I made it across the orange stream and did rock garden #2 (that was the highlight of this adventure).

At the fire road, I went down the hill via the trails on the south side that parallel the road, finishing at the rooty section right before the old lakebed. I headed back north across the old lakebed and checked out the area where the middle bridge used to be. I found a new well-traveled trail that curved thru the fields and woods and ended up a dead end in the middle of nowhere! Strange!

From that point, I headed on back along the river via the blue trail. Once across the river and on the rail trail, I leisurely rode south to Turtle Rock and then circled back.

It was a real nice day, full of exercise and -as always - a healthy enjoyment being in the woods...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Fat Tire 2008 Festival

Blue Mountain Park - Peekskill, NY

- Fat Tire Festival Parking Lot -
We arrived at 10 AM and stayed til 4 PM.

Tents on second level in distance are located in the main event field.
The main trails and mountain are directly behind me (opposite the directon the camera is pointing).

Although we took the intermediate group ride, due to the brutal hot and humid weather (it was a weather advisory day), we bailed on the first run up into the mountain bike trails after only 10 minutes or so. The rest of the day was spent in the main event area...

- Fat Tire Festival Main Event Field -
Registration tent, vendors

 ...and crappy rock bands 
(terrible out-of-tune ear shattering vocals by 16-year olds 
pretending to be 25-year old rock stars -- oh the horrors)

The "skinnies" - a wide assortment of fun rides to attempt

- Greg on Skinnies -

Greg "Doin' The Limbo"

- Riding the Skinny Contest -

All the skinnies were placed together into one long challenging run for the Skinny Contest.
(background recorded music emanating from festival PA)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mianus - Mud and Blood

Mianus River Park - May 25th, 2008

- Bad Day on the Bike -
Back home after a disastrous day for me at Mianus River Park - Fell in a muddy stream and then... ...had a stupid fall which bashed up my knee pretty bad