Monday, August 27, 2012

I thought fall was coming...

The nights were getting cool and the mornings still held the cool tinge. All of the sudden; thump, the Mitten is all hot and bothered again. Just when I was getting the hang of pumpkin beers and thinking of hikes through crunchy leaves. But that has again been pulled just a bit out of reach. So here I sit, clammy and uncomfortable lusting for plummeting temps and a cool breeze, and scrolling through my pics of cooler times...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Ride at Tree Farm- Novi

I have been mountain biking for less than a year so I cannot say that I am wholly verse on what makes a great trail. Honestly, I have been riding the same few local trails as religiously as I can (2 or 3 single-track days per week) so I my preferences are not fully honed or matured. However, if it "feels right" I can tell.

Someone is going to have some fun!

With hopes of expanding my horizons of trails I headed to Tree Farm in Novi. I have heard quite a few things about this trail so I was very excited to spin it. I don't want to write too much on Tree Farm as I have only ridden it once and I am still developing my preferences. But what I would like to say at this time is that I had a great time while checking it out last night. The trail was full of skinnies and other man-made obstacles. I have not really encountered such trail features before so it was cool to finally try my hand at them.

My friend told me that Tree Farm would really help me work on cornering. After riding it I can say that he was spot on with that. The only kind of turns that Tree Farm does not have are berms, I mean there are some built up corners but nothing to really get loose on. Berms aside, this trail is full of turns, and I do feel a little more in-tune with my bike an abilities after the ride.

Finally near the end of the trail there is a pump track; something that has been on my list since I first found out about them. I felt pretty solid ricing the pump track, but honestly have a long way to go. I made the circuit once, maybe twice without pedaling, but it was super slow and not extraordinary by any account. I guess I will just have to go back to Novi and give it another shot. Today my legs are a little sore, and I am sure that it is from the pump track.

Pump Tracking

I look forward to another ride up there. However, I really want to get back to Murray Lake and Torn shirt possibly by the end of the week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Upcoming Reviews

Well, things have gotten very busy for me lately. I am a year from being done with law school and it feels pretty good. I am also full-swing in and internship with a local lawyer. It is taking time away from studies and being outside but I am trying my hardest to strike a proper balance. By looking at the activity on the blog it may not look like I am getting much time outdoors this summer that is totally wrong. In fact I just don't have the time to write. I have mostly been riding my bike as the hiking in this area is very bland (I attribute that to the fact that there is no real water around here).

Never fear, with fall and the fall semester coming up I will be able to write more and also get outside without sweating to death. A report released today said that July was the hottest month on record in the states, especially the Midwest. Noting saps being outside like sweltering temps.

Anywho, finals are upon me. That means that my computer time is nil for the next week. I would however, like to leave readers with a bit of an appetizer: reviews. My first and foremost goal after exams is to get some reviews out. Nothing brings people to an outdoor site like reviews, and I love helping people make key decisions with gear.

With that here are a few of the reviews to come:

Camelbak's Adventura (I know it is a women's bag)

Gerber: Gator Pro Machete

Detroit Rock Climbing: Onomonopia Hold Set


Time to get back to studying.