It's ugly and dreadful outside and I am looking more and more forward to spring time, I can't wait to see the grass and the trees come to shape with that fresh brilliant shine of green that nature seems to paint once a year. I can't wait until my rides become more scheduled an regular! I suppose I could of rode in the snow like a lot of other people did this weekend but I was feeling lazy and not motivated to go play in the snow. I regret it a little but I do enjoy a little break from mountain biking, since I rode 9 out of 12 months last year. It's always nice going back after a break it feels refreshing and helps you not take advantage of how often you ride and not appreciate how great is out on two wheels in the woods. In warm spring thoughts I will pick a good spring ride from the past.
May 22nd 2009-Emigration Canyon-Salt Lake City Utah
One early morning, me and my good friend Brent set off on a ride up emigration to the emigration trail. This single-track trail follows the path of the Donner Party, Pony Express, and Mormon pioneers from East Canyon up to Big Mountain Pass overlooking Emigration Canyon. The trail is 4.6 miles long, for a 9.2 mile out-and-back bike trip. Vertical rise is 1400 feet, to an altitude of 7400 feet at the pass. In 1847 the Mormon Pioneers came down through this canyon and into the Salt Lake Valley after traveling many days in treacherous conditions and loosing many lives. They finally descended this canyon and their leader, said "This is The Right Place" and their bodies could finally rest. Whenever I ride this trail I can't help but think of what it was like in those times to be coming down that canyon. Anyway, there's a pretty wide trail that runs from the top of Little Dell Reservoir up to windy pass. It's not a very technical trail but offers a good ride up and lots of scenery. It is a fun whip down as well, there is virtually no pedaling involved and is a really good time! This trip was one of many I have made but this one particular spring morning was especially pleasant with spring showing it's battle it wins every season! Another good one with a good friend.