The highly successful NEMBA Fest at Burke Mountain VT returns for season II. Burke Mountain is also home to the Kingdom Trails. So if you’re a gravity rider, or XC junkie, or just looking to bring your family to a great weekend of fun, food, and fitness, this is the place.
Kingdom Trails boasts over 140 miles of purpose built trails, and it’s only 2.5 hours from home. The trail crew there takes great pride in their work, there’s not an intersection without a trail sign marking your location. Our NEMBA team is lucky enough to not need the map as we have our own tour guide and teammate Mark Tucker who lives only a few minutes away. No pulling out and unfolding sweaty infused trail maps on this ride.
Fellow teammate and Merrimack native Andrew Schnellinger drove up together for the day for the ride that was to go off at 1:00. The sky was darkening with overcast and there were sprinkles starting to fall. Most of our ride would see dry conditions. The canopy held most of the moisture away from the roots, but there were some spots on Dead Moose Alley that were getting slick.
Man was it humid. With no sun to be found on the day, kit saturation levels were at 100%. The plan for the day was to hit about 40 miles, but it wasn’t to be. As we worked our way back to the center of town the rain (which felt good) began to fall at a fairly steady pace we figured the climb to the base of Burke would be a good finish to a good day of riding.
NEMBA Fest has one more year left at KT but hopefully it will continue long into the future. It’s perfect for a day trip or long weekend. Hopefully next year we can get a team site worked out.