The bad back forced me off the bike for a day. I felt a little better the following day, so we went out for an easier ride through the Lost Lake area. Usually we ride Lost Lake early in a trip as it serves as a good starting point to get the feel of the North Shore trails. There are enough roots, rocks, and build-ups to regain skills and develop the rhythm, but not enough to frustrate. On this day, it was a little different. We were already accustomed to riding far more challenging trails. In the past, when we’ve ridden the Zappa Trails, as the Lost Lake Trails are known because of their Frank Zappa inspired trail names, we’ve noticed trails off the main corridor. Some of these trails are new and some are much older trails that still get occasionally ridden. This day we decided to explore the trails and take some pictures.
We did indeed find trails that were new to us. More trails have built since we first rode in the area but there are also older trails, usually unmarked at the trailhead but drawn on the map, that have been there all along. Most of what we found wasn’t particularly interesting. The singletrack was sweet enough, but generally not as amusing as the linked trail sequence of the Zappa named trails. We found some challenging spots off the usual path. For example, a trail splits off from Fountains of Love descends quickly to the service road with a couple of steep, black diamond drops. I definitely brake for rock drops, so we had to try this. This is a spot we will likely revisit when we want to spice up an otherwise easy day. It is good to know that there are some more challenging sections in the otherwise intermediate Lost Lake area.
Stop action movie of Knobs riding the “Fountains of Love” drop:
Next thing I knew Uncle Knobular said, “Gee, I like your pants.”
“Where’s that coming from?” I asked myself. This isn’t even a new pair.
I was getting nervous until I realized that it was just the name of the next trail segment. We were almost back at the RV Park.
At the end of the ride my back felt “OK” or at least good enough that I could do some more riding on our last day. Nick felt fine, also, and he wanted to continue his “Bucket List” tour without further delay. He wants to meet a bear, so he says. He thinks that they are just some fine smelling rodents.