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    Newbie on the greenbelt

    My wife is in Austin this weekend for a belly dance convention, and I got chosen to drive and help where needed. I figured I might as well bring the bike, and find some trails to ride with y'alls help - as most of you probably remember. Well, it wasn't downtown like I thought, and I didn't have quite the open schedule as I was hoping for, but I still was able to get in a nice ride in the green belt yesterday.

    I'm used to smooth, float trails with some uphill/downhill and a few tight squeezes thrown in the mix. I've always avoided rock gardens because I didn't feel like getting thrown off the bike and possibly messing up my rims or fork. Theeeeennnnn the green belt came along.

    First off - that is some gorgeous area, and it was a beautiful day coming fresh off a rain to cool things down. It was so nice, in fact, that I ruined my ride time with how much I was stopping to enjoy the views. My ride back through was 3x faster due to the lack of scenic stops. It also turns out I got off the main trail a few times going in and was hitting some way more heavy rock garden strips than what's on the main trail.

    Overall, I had a blast. I only walked about 1/4 of it, so I did alright, and the bike handled it like a champ. I was surprised by that considering how much people dog on >$1,000 bikes. Nothing broke, it rode easy, and I'm really not in much pain today. Apparently I rode 11 miles, which is much further than my typical 3-4 mile rides. I even named some areas:

    -big ass wall
    -yup, still that wall
    -wow, that wall got tall
    -"this sucks" rock garden
    -I can't believe I made it through that (ICBIMITT for short) rock garden
    -"gotcha" rock
    - "where did the bridge go?" detour
    - waterfall crossing with no water aka "the cliff"
    - stairway to suffering
    -trail of tears (the cliff edge with the chain grab)

    At my turn around point, mack was helping guide me to asphalt for my ride back, but I decided this is a mountain bike, and who knows when I'll be able to do it again. So I bucked down, and made way better time getting out.

    I will have a map available with detours, difficulty levels, and area names on available on PDF, PAINT, and WORD probably never.


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    Last edited by shotgun jeremy; 06-25-2017 at 05:24 PM.

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    A couple extra

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    Thanks to everyone for reaching out and helping me with getting where I needed to be! I was supposed to meet up with mack_turtle and cxagent, but I wasn't able to make it work. I appreciate y'all for reaching out.

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    I just realized there's already a thread dedicated to this trail. Feel free to move these posts over and delete this thread.

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