A year ago I spent my pre-dawn hours curled up asleep in bed. These days, darkness is no longer a limiting factor. The sun doesn’t rise until just after 6am but that’s not stopping me from training. This morning I transferred my handlebar mounted bicycle lamp from my road bike to my MTB. The mounting bracket is long broken so I’ve strapped the lamp on with trusty duct tape. I supplemented the handlebar lamp with my Petzel headlight. Together they gave me enough light to pick my way along the loose gravel and wash outs on the fire trail. Every time I head out in the darkness like this my confidence grows and my riding is improving.
It never ceases to amaze me that, after all these years, I still find new trails in Bayview Conservation Park. This morning I came across a new-looking MTB trail: The Maze. Some sections of the trail were well ridden while others looked like they’d only recently been cut. The trail was a delightful single track. It had slow sections that dropped downhill over exposed tree roots and fast flowing flat sections along smooth dirt. There were some off-shoots leading away from The Maze that might have been continuations or other trails; I will come back another time to explore them.
The end of The Maze met with fire trail. I’d never turned right on this fire trail before so I went that way this morning. The trail turned into an overgrown vehicle track before terminating suddenly. An overgrown path led into the bush at the end of the vehicle track; it was more footpad than single track but I decided to follow it anyway. After about 100m the track totally disappeared.
I could see from the map on my Garmin 800 that I had two options: ride a few kilometres back the way I had come or traverse about 800m of untracked bushland. I chose the latter option. After about 15 minutes of carrying my bike through long grass and moderately wooded bushland I came to a branch of The Maze and followed it back to the bush exit. It was a perfect morning.
Total: 15.43km @ 10.8kph. Average temperature 11.3’C.