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Mountain biking at new light

Normally swindunbar, Dana and I hit the trails on some simple stuff. Today we did something else new and headed up to New Light which is north of Raleigh near Hwy 98. Let me just say this trail completely KICKED OUR ASSES. This was close to one of the worst times to hit this trail and we paid for it.

We get there around 0900 and the fog is still settled in, so the humidity is already 100%. It looked damp and we knew there was some rain earlier last night, but it only looked like that on the surface. We get geared up and hit the trail. It's very wet, damp, no wind, lots of wet rocks, lots of wet roots and tons of hills up and down all over the place. With the humidity and already warm temps it was easy for me to overheat and had to take it easy especially on the short climbs.

Brought the GPS along and recorded this map...

New light

It's been months since I've been on this trail and I forgot how technical it was. There is a massive hill about 2.5 miles in and that just wiped me out. I had to stop for several minutes to get my heart rate back down. We ran into a cute fellow by the name of Josh who biked with us for some time, but he eventually moved on as he was on a tight schedule. At this point I was getting exhausted and so were the others. We really wanted this trail to end, but we had many more miles to go (and no shortcuts to get out).

We finally get to the fire road to get out here and I think we're home free until we run into a lot of mud. Not just pools of it, but soft mud that feels like sand under neath your wheels that just bogs you down. Here's a look at how bad the mud got...


After 3 hours on the trail we finally made it back to our cars. I ran out of water a mile ago and Dana had just run out once we were done. I head sweat pouring out from everywhere and drips coming off all of my clothing. We were simply wiped out. This picture of swindunbar and Dana pretty much sums up how we felt...

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We were so done. Exhausted, dehydrated, muddy, sweaty..., poke a fork in us, we were done. No energy. So, we have to remember to only ride this when it is dry and under much better weather conditions.

Distance: 7.02mi
Moving time: 1h36m
Stopped time: 1h35m (shows how often we needed to stop and take a break)
Moving Avg: 4.4mph


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)

You guys are STEELY EYED MISSLE MEN. RAH! Inspiring!
Jul. 20th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, well, I don't know about that, but thanks!
Jul. 20th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
It DOES look exhausting :)
Jul. 20th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was. We're still trying to find the truck that ran us over.
Jul. 20th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
looks like my kinda trail
Jul. 20th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I figured it might. :) We do have all kinds of trail down here.
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
You warsh the mud offa that bicycle RIGHT NOW, MISTER! Don't you go trying to take that across my new carpet!

And that large man is CUTE.
Jul. 20th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yep, that was the next thing I had to do when I got home--clean the bike. That was not fun in that heat outside.

I'm sure swindunbar will appreciate that. :)
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
That's awesome. I've never really done many trails with all the riding I've done. I'm a little too used to road riding with my mountain bike. I'm sure you guys would wear me out!!!
Jul. 21st, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Blasphemy! Using a mountain bike as a road bike?!?

Hmmm..., we'll have to get you hooked up on some single tracks sometime soon, or we'll have to find other ways to wear you out (or both). :)
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Well sometimes I would rather just ride from my house without loading my bike into my truck. Plus this is Houston. Not very many trails that I'm aware of.
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know what you've got there. My friend Owen in Dallas has some really great trails out his way.

Love the userpic there. :)
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Well maybe I just haven't looked hard enough! LOL

Feel free to swipe it if you like. I just found it online and loved it!
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