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Moon Lake mountain biking

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

It’s been too long since I wrote anything here. We’ve had a lot of rain, although I have done some riding when it hasn’t been raining.

Last week, I went mountain biking at Moon Lake. I love mountain biking in general, but I haven’t done much of it since moving to Pennsylvania. So, I decided another trip to Moon Lake was in order (the trails were covered in snow last time I rode there).

Unfortunately, this ride confirmed what I had already begun to feel: I don’t enjoy mountain biking as much here in Pennsylvania as I did in Indiana. Most of the trails are just too rocky to be much fun. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy myself, but the suffering-to-fun ratio was a bit less than favorable. The trails weren’t as technical as those on Moosic Mountain, but there were still enough rocky sections that I had some trouble.

Part of the problem was, despite the fact that a lot of the trail intersections had signs, I got hopelessly lost again. There was a lot of mud, even though it hadn’t rained for a couple of days. I figured these trails would drain well, but I was wrong.

Big Blue trail

Rocky trail

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Trail flanked by ferns


More rocks


Rocky trail

More ferns


I expect mountain biking will be relegated to the back seat, and I”ll continue doing more road biking and riding on gravel/dirt roads. These more-technical trails don’t do much for me. That said, riding on the trails was a nice change of pace. I also tried something I’d never done before: listening to music while riding. I must say, I really enjoyed it until I started sweating too much and my earbuds would no longer stay in place. I have another pair of earbuds that will probably work better.

3 Responses to “Moon Lake mountain biking”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    the ferns are beautiful, love the shadowy forrest

  2. Dave Says:

    Well, I’m one of the guilty ones that usually mountain bikes with headphones if I’m riding alone. At the State Park, sight lines are such that I can see people coming, and I’m good about keeping an eye out behind me too for those who might “creep up”. I know this brings the ire of many purists, but…it is what it is. After almost 20 years in this sport, if I wanna listen to music while I pedal in the woods, I’m gonna do it.

    Oh – and “skull candy” makes ear buds with different sized “buds” that work well when ears are sweaty. About $20 bucks, I think.

    Our Indiana trails miss your GT tires! Pine Loop opened yesterday – riding it tonight (with two newbies) for the first time!

  3. Marty Says:

    I have to admit that those trails looked like EXCELLENT hiking trails, but the reason I never got into mountain biking here was that I wasn’t up for the technical stuff and it was a steep learning curve (ironic considering I started mountain biking in Colorado).

    Another nice set of pictures, by the way.

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