Today was daaaang cold. Winter showed up on our doorstep last night. Well, on our doorstep, backyard, streets, sidewalks…just about anywhere those little flakes of snow can land on. And with the white came the cold. I suppose if you dress warmly enough a mountain bike ride is possible, but remember how I mentioned I suffer from tall person’s curse? Well, it means blood takes longer to travel to fingers and toes, leaving them icy cold most of the time (but oh so fun to put on unsuspecting loved ones’ necks). That said, even if we were willing to brave the cold on our mountain bikes today, the real issue was that the snow and subsequently inevitable sunshine meant the trails would be wet. Wet trails mean no riding. Period. It’s bad for the trails, bad for the environment, bad for erosion, bad for minimum impact because riders like to avoid muddy spots and widen the trail by going around. Just all around bad.
So on our freezing hike on Green Mountain, close to Denver, we expected to be all alone. And we were. Except for all the fresh mountain bike treads all over the trails. People – when your bike leaves its tread, it means the trail is too wet to ride. When the sign at the trailhead states the condition of trails is “Muddy,” it means don’t ride. Please be responsible. I promise, the world won’t end if you don’t ride your mountain bike one day this weekend.
We’re a community of outdoors lovers, so let’s be considerate of one another and the environment so maybe it’ll last longer for us all to enjoy. (see http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/responsible-mountain/responsible-mountain.html)