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I got my fat ass out for first ride last night in Andover.  5 miles.  About a hour.  Couple of climbs were tough and stopped.  I did not feel to bad after but ass was sore.

Trails are in incredible shape right now...a few icy spots, but mostly, crunchy, firm goodness! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app

Big extended weekend of riding for me. Logged some big climbs in Lincoln, got 2 phenomenal days at Kingdom Trails, hit up Loon's new DH trails, and did a trail clearing day on my local trails.  Trying

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Planning to ride Green Woodlands tomorrow. Got any other useful beta (obviously you already recommended Norris)? Best climbing routes? Best parking? Local beer?

Riding with the wife, who is a very solid rider but somewhat timid. So won't be crushing the whole place. But looking forward to the exploration!

Sorry. Just saw this. Looks like you figured it out. Not sure where you parked, but we parked down by 118. Next time we're going to park in the lot up the road from there. Local beer? I think you have to bring it yourself [emoji846] Not much of anything in Dorchester.

 

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Anyone hit up Loon's grand opening weekend of their DH park?
Planned to, but ended up skipping it for rides in North Conway and Kingdom Trails on Sat & Sun
I was in Lincoln for the weekend though and it appeared that they got a decent turnout. Lots of riders at the coffee shop in the morning and lots of bikes on cars across town. I drove by Loon late afternoon Saturday and there were a good amount of cars in the lot.
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I tried Rattlesnake Hill (aka Lime Kiln) in Bolton, MA for the first time last week. I didn't have high expectations but was pleasantly surprised. Some very cool rock spines all over the hill, a trail around an old quarry with some scary exposure and the Ridge Loop trail was really the highlight. Lots of rocky features to ride over and lots of fun turns. Not a lot of vertical but I'll definitely add it to my regular ride rotation.

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Big extended weekend of riding for me. Logged some big climbs in Lincoln, got 2 phenomenal days at Kingdom Trails, hit up Loon's new DH trails, and did a trail clearing day on my local trails.  Trying to pack it all in before some of these trails get shutdown for the winter. 

 

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Last weekend I earned the "Completionist" badge in Trailforks for Leominster State Forest and was the first to do so!
https://www.trailforks.com/badges/view/33553/
Wasn't too bad, but had to do a couple less than ideal rides. Trailforks is also very picky. You need to ride every last foot of a trail. 
That's really cool. Big accomplishment at Leominster considering how many trails there are.
How does that work in trailforks? I haven't seen it for areas I usually ride. Does someone have to develop that challenge?
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On 10/18/2019 at 4:34 PM, Cannonballer said:

That's really cool. Big accomplishment at Leominster considering how many trails there are.
How does that work in trailforks? I haven't seen it for areas I usually ride. Does someone have to develop that challenge?

Not sure exactly how it works, but most parks I've looked up on Trailforks have the completionist badge, so I assumed it was auto-created.   

If it's not, then a Trailforks Admin can create the badge. What areas do you ride that don't have the badge?

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Figured I should cap off my entries for 2019.  It was a good year of riding for me.  Lots of good workout type rides on local trails. Several visits to Kingdom Trails, Greenwoodlands, Marshal Conservation Area, and others. I also did way more trail work than I've ever done. I spent a lot of time maintaining and repairing local trails after storms. I probably cleared close to 50 trees over the course of the year. I hiked with my chainsaw many more miles than I ever hope to do again! I eventually started carrying it in a backpack and riding to blowdowns that were further afield. I also built a couple of new trails and features which was a new effort for me. 

I ended up logging about 450 miles of pedalling.  I also did some lift-served downhill for the first time, but I track that separately. 

Hoping to kick off that 2020 thread soon!

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