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Hello everyone.
I live in Michigan and used to ride with a fellow named Matt.
Well Matt decided to up and move to New Hampshire for the next stage in his career or some other ridiculous reason or another. Silly Matt.
Anyway, I went on a small vacation this past week to Littleton, New Hampshire to spend some time in the beautiful White Mountains.
Matt decided to be a really swell guy, and make the 2 hour drive to my motel, pick me up, and take me riding on some good old east coast type of trails. Thanks Matt!

Our first stop was the Littleton Bike Shop, where shop owner Dave directed us to a local trail that wouldn't be too difficult, too easy, and would have me back home in a timely fashion. Side note: the Littleton bike and fitness is a great shop that is brightly lit, big, and really nice. If you're ever in the area, check them out: https://littletonbike.com/index.cfm

Now for those of you that don't know, East Coast riding is all about getting over stuff. No groomed anaerobic racecourses in the dirt like we have in southeast Michigan. If you can't get over stuff, you'll be walking. A lot.

Matt tried to teach me some basics, as he always does, and we had a great time riding.

New Hampshire has had an unbelievable amount of rain in the past month or two and the rivers and lakes are swollen to the max. The scenery is gorgeous, and the rivers are now white water rushing rapids.

We rode the Moore Dam trail which is conveniently located next to the gigantic Moore Reservoir. The trail was wet in some spots, covered in pine needles, and goes from easy to impassable back to moderate in the blink of an eye.
We enjoyed a two hour out and back and took a dip in the reservoir at the end to cool off.
One last huge thanks to Matt for being so accommodating. You Rawk and I had a great time! Thanks!

Enjoy the photos!
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Matt rides the skinnies over the marshes:



One of the many bridges over the rushing waters:



Matt gets Distracted by a visitor from Krypton:



My arrow showing where the trail goes over the greasy roots:



An unrideable river crossing:



My bike in the rapids:



It's like water under the bridge:



A lookout onto the reservoir:



Climbing the rocky hill with the rapids in the background:



Matt taking the downhill (steeper than it looks):



Marshy pine needles:



Freezing cold feet in the rushing mountain waters:



Last but not least, a mountain bike in its natural environment:



You all really need to visit the white mountains of New Hampshire.
Simply stunning!

Thank you all for looking and have a great day!
 

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Ooh, the wetness looks like a nice challenge. Thanks for sharing.:)
 

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Those pics are a great example of what it's like to ride any trail in NH. All the trails are like this, rooty, nasty and wet most of the time. It's fun riding here once you get used to it though. It looks like you had a great ride TrailBurner.
 

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Great pics,fun stuff...

a shimmy/sham here, a pullme/pushme there and your over a few roots, if they're not to slippery:D .I just came back from Franconia Notch, White Mtns today and saw this mama bear a couple of days ago while I was tooling around the camp site on my bike.Luckily she was more interested in stealing some easy grub from some left out coolers than chasing me but I had her in gear to sprint just in case.I never saw the Pemi River so high.Alot of white water happening for sure.Glad you had fun and it looks like some good dirty fun.Thanks for the story and pics.
 

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rkj__ said:
Ooh, the wetness looks like a nice challenge. Thanks for sharing.:)
Thanks for the compliment! Wet roots are some of the most dangerous and challenging things to ride over.
 

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I just came back from Franconia Notch, White Mtns today and saw this mama bear a couple of days ago while I was tooling around the camp site on my bike.Luckily she was more interested in stealing some easy grub from some left out coolers than chasing me but I had her in gear to sprint just in case.
Oh my gosh! I was just driving through Franconia Notch last week and as I was passing Mt. Cannon on the way to the Basin, two bear cubs ran across the highway and the mother bear was behind our vehicle. They were thin and almost looked like bizarre dogs.
I wonder if that's the exact same bear family you saw.

Thanks for the compliments on the pics. I have a whole slew of gorgeous pics from my week in NH. The scenery is just so amazing!
 

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dirtluvraz said:
Wow Mark! The green and the wet stuff are wonderous to us here! Here's a little preview of what you're gonna be riding soon! See you in AZ!
Thanks Mike! your terrain and open vistas do look vastly different than riding in a thick wet pine forest!:lol:

I can't wait to ride in Phoenix next week. I have never ridden any kind of west coast terrain whatsoever. I'll have to bring the kevlar jumpsuit so I don't get full of cactus needles.

Maybe we'll even ride in some daylight so I can take in the awesome scenery!
I'm lookin' forward to it!
 

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Reminds me of every "have to ride" area in CT. For some reason, we don't like to build bridges, just lay 2X8s across streams.
 

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Guyechka said:
Reminds me of every "have to ride" area in CT. For some reason, we don't like to build bridges, just lay 2X8s across streams.
Yeah, bridge building is tedious, but next time, please lay four 2x8's side side by side instead of only one please.
...for those of us with less skill.
actually, can you make them 2x12's instead? Heh heh.
 
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