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And then back to FOMBA

This morning PAW and I met at Depot rd. in Auburn (FOMBA) with one goal in mind, mileage.
Riding around FOMBA on past rides I had seen the sign that states "Bear Brook" that way, and always wanted to try that, so with our need to get in some miles to train for the NH100, PAW bought into the idea.

We headed out to NH trail 11, then trail 15 doing some of the Watershed Wahoo trails around Tower Hill Rd. We crossed rte 27 (the only time our tires touched pavement) which is about the halfway point between the 2 parks, the trails are mainly used for snowmobiles and undulate up and down with skree and baby heads, soft sand, some mud, and trees and their branches crossing into our path. It took us about 1.5 hours to make it to Bear Brook. We had escorts for this whole section, horse flies, fast little insects they are. When I was riding behind PAW it looked like a comet's tail. From FOMBA to BB the total was 12.5 miles.

When we got to BB we were greeted with a climb up Hall mtn, from here we could see the cell tower on Tower Hill Rd. PAW could tell you the trails we did, I apologize for not knowing the names. We went to the toll booth to get a new map and decided to have lunch in the picnic area, and we rolled up on YoG and his crew. They were headed out for a ripper of their own at BB. After lunch and re-filling the camelbacks by the statue of the CCC worker, we started making our way back to trail 15 south. This time we opted to go around Hall mtn, but not without a small glitch (ask PAW if he will be donating to the 4-H clubs this year). We figured out a way to do it and snuck in some more singletrack. We did about 17.5 miles in the park, giving us a total of 30 so far for the day.

On trail 15 south I came upon a Moose cow and her 2 calves, both me and the moose were very spooked. They aren't the most graceful animal when they run, and all 3 tromped out of site, I skidded going uphill PAW pointed out later.
For some reason it seemed shorter on the way back, we followed our 'bread crumbs' the only bike tire tracks at the intersections that didn't look familiar to us, and crossed 27, then made it into the Tower Hill area, and finally into FOMBA territory. We rode around and got a little turned around and finally found our reward for all this riding, a rip on "Woodpecker". That was the perfect end to our Epic, and we ended up riding 45.5 miles in 5:30!

This was the longest Mtn bike ride for me, and PAW as well. That was such a fun ride, it felt like 4 rides in one, and I guess it was. Hopefully we can have another epic soon as we both train for the NH100, next may be Ft Rock to Pawtuckaway.

See ya out there,
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Pics from today....

PAW freaking out over the horseflies


AOF's steed on the top of Hall Mtn.


PAW on the trail along the ridge of Hall Mtn


Tower Hill in the distance from Hall mtn trail


PAW getting ready to ride Little Bear(?)


My handlebars and PAW going down Podunk Rd. at Bear Brook


PAW on Podunk Rd.
 

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Wicked! Planning on doing just this ride this season but with a few slight twists. Do you have any ride specifics? Ave speed, time on bike, anything? I have been puzzled on how long this would take.
 

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Wicked! Planning on doing just this ride this season but with a few slight twists. Do you have any ride specifics? Ave speed, time on bike, anything? I have been puzzled on how long this would take.
AVS=8.1 MPH
TOB=7.5 hours
Anything=don't bonk, watch out for moose and Fish and Game on 4 wheelers, have fun!

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Interesting, I thought that it could be done with a 8 mph average. The route I was thinking would be a little more tame than what you guys did, but a little longer, so that is a number to go by. Thanks.
 

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It was epic for me, no doubt. I remember YoG's face when we rolled into the parking lot...priceless! In BB we climbed up the back side of Hall Mtn, took I-trail down to Podunk Rd. From there we rode Podunk to the Bear Hill singletrack, came out across from Hayes Field, took Little Bear down to Bear Brook, and popped out at the toll booth. On the way back we took Bear Brook all the way to the hiker/biker lot, rode the road up to the 4H camp, got diverted by the sweet lady at the camp and ended up taking the Hall Mtn trail (aka the end of I-trail) into the center of the camp and around the gate keepers evil glare, then took Hall Mtn trail down to where it meets up with Ferret trail, which is also where the NH 15 snowmobile trail comes into the park.

Definitely a good time, can't wait to do it again. Next time I'll do it on a day when I don't have to finish painting my kitchen afterward though. Doh!
 

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It was epic for me, no doubt. I remember YoG's face when we rolled into the parking lot...priceless! In BB we climbed up the back side of Hall Mtn, took I-trail down to Podunk Rd. From there we rode Podunk to the Bear Hill singletrack, came out across from Hayes Field, took Little Bear down to Bear Brook, and popped out at the toll booth. On the way back we took Bear Brook all the way to the hiker/biker lot, rode the road up to the 4H camp, got diverted by the sweet lady at the camp and ended up taking the Hall Mtn trail (aka the end of I-trail) into the center of the camp and around the gate keepers evil glare, then took Hall Mtn trail down to where it meets up with Ferret trail, which is also where the NH 15 snowmobile trail comes into the park.

Definitely a good time, can't wait to do it again. Next time I'll do it on a day when I don't have to finish painting my kitchen afterward though. Doh!
I was just shocked to see you two kooks.
Can I be a part of the next ripper? I may even shock the world and ride my SS.
 

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Mutant, no. Clinically delusional, maybe. The best part was that I had the bright idea to put a 16t freewheel on "because it will help me train." It felt like training for the shot put by throwing a Yugo. :D Top it off with a seatpost that kept slipping down and my shonky 'rigid' fork (I'm still waiting on a real rigid fork so I rode the whole thing with my Duke locked out)...I need to spend some time (and $$) setting up the Gunnar right if I'm going to be racing/riding it a lot.

BTW AOF, where's that awesome video of my wicked drop?:yawn:
 

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Sounds like a great ride guys.
I almost hooked up with Greg and Nate but had to be home early, so I was at Bear Brook at 7:00 am. I had a great ride too, but unfortunately broke my frame in half, on the down tube.
Pretty sure it cracked it on "Sidewinder"during a recent trip to KTA. Herard a strange sound and chose to ignore it.
Not a good idea apparently.:D
 

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Sounds like a great ride guys.
I almost hooked up with Greg and Nate but had to be home early, so I was at Bear Brook at 7:00 am. I had a great ride too, but unfortunately broke my frame in half, on the down tube.
Pretty sure it cracked it on "Sidewinder"during a recent trip to KTA. Herard a strange sound and chose to ignore it.
Not a good idea apparently.:D
Holy crap. Got pics?
 

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AOF and PAW, that is one epic ride. Good look training for your upcoming enduro. Did you have any place where you found information about the connecting trails from Fomba to BB? Near which trail at Fomba are the outlet trails that lead to the snowmobile corridor trails?
 

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Sounds like a sick ride you guys did. I just made my first trip to BB after reading all the praise on these pages. Hard to figure out how to string the place together independently...on a 2:1 SS there were a few long marches.
Headed to KT for the first time this weekend. Any gear recommendations?
Anybody riding the Bradbury race or the Vermont 50?
 
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