Hit Trail Of Tears this AM. I love this place even though I have only been here twice before. It is possible to get lost within the park, however I tend to get around ok. Plus, when you’re hitting a new place that has loads of single-track it doesn’t much matter which way you go. It’s all good.
Temps at 8:30 were prob in the mid 70’s and not a cloud in the sky. Dew point was in the low 70’s which translates to just short of oppressive. What else is new in NE. Hit the trail with a full 70oz on the back and 16oz in the bottle. Parking lot off exit 5 was empty so just like yesterday I had the place all to myself.
You can separate TOT into 2 sections. The gun club side and the other side. I chose to hit the gun club first. It was more of a continuation of yesterday.
After crossing back to the other side of the power lines, I would get into what looks like more the traveled side. Still lots of flow and single-track but also lots of rocks and baby heads abound the landscape. Plenty more technical type punchy climbs as well on this side. I would find myself shifting back and forth from my 36t to my 26t quite often. I also for some reason never have a problem finding the trail they call big ring either. This is one of those 1-2% declining sections that is almost as smooth as concrete. You just push a big gear at a high rate of speed. So much fun!
All said and done, it was another 2+ hours in the saddle again today. Like yesterday, I had to peel my jersey off my body. It was 100% saturated again, but no bug bites, and just a couple of thorn slashes on the shins.