We choose a 5k course and set off in the woods. We were whooping and hollering following blue arrows, bouncing over roots. My youngest son immediately claimed the lead, easily working his way, and thankfully stopping when we were too far behind. I was expecting to hear a scream from ahead as he is my rather fearless one, but the forest was unfamiliar and he didn't have anyone passing to egg him on. At some point we took a short break and discovered the mosquitoes were on us like kids to a pool. My youngest took the above photo of me and my oldest boy, but couldn't hold the camera still because he was being ferociously bitten.
If we kept on pedaling it was great fun and we learned to hit the roots at a 90 degree angle. But there were few roots compared with the nice dirt and only few muddy areas. I especially liked that you climbed and descended only a bit, and it was mostly meandering on numerous S-turns. My oldest lamented that he forgot his inhaler which would've helped him a bit but by the time we were finished we all decided to come back soon. 5k was too far, so we'll learn which trails are shorter, take a break, and go back for more.
|My 12 year old doesn't want his picture taken.|