Wedding and riding- Last weekend (edit: A few weekends ago...most of the content I had already scrawled down but I wanted pictures....) I made my way to the scene of my childhood for a wedding: the North Shore of Boston. Small fishing towns outside of Boston that once set the stage of a great portion of my life- My parent's(biological) spent time there, my mom met my step father there, I spent many summers on the beaches and in the small towns. Nostalgia was in place as I re-traced roads and places that were once very familiar. Tumbleweeds of images became clearer as old roads became familiar again and various memories of time spent with family and friends was uncovered. It was strange to sort of go back in time.
Riding- The weekends rides were broken up into two sets of North Shore riding. The Classic Lynn Woods (which I raced at years ago in the mid 1990's) and quite possibly some of the best techy singletrack trail riding I have done in memory. Yes, really that good.
Ryan- The guide extraordinaire.
Details-And what I can share.
Lynn Woods is the classic Boston North Shore ride. The glaciers left a rocky techy trail that is best served wearing pad and 5 plus inches of travel. Since I was pedaling with MTB Tom on Sunday I assumed that the right ride would be my single speed. NOT! Not in both cases of riding...but especially the case of Lynn Woods. A great place to ride, but don't bring a knife to a gun fight. Although Lynn is well travelled I would recommend a guide- Ryan (seen below) was kind enough to show the lay of the land. A good ride overall with some great stunt riding, but I felt slightly out of my element on a SS race bike in a place that begs for long travel.
Techy stuff that is steep and rocky. Hard. Bring your A game....or better yet dont play play games and be ready for combat. There is a reason it was voted by Bike Magazine as America's best technical trail.
Below: R in action
MTB Tom in action- all around super nice human being and awesome rider. I am looking forwarding to riding with him again.
All in all a great weekend of riding.