Traffic to the site is up considerably, no doubt as a result of attendees of the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival checking things out. Welcome to town from PahaSapaTrails.com, we hope you enjoy your stay!
Had a good little rip at Storm earlier this morning, quite damp down in Coon Hollow but by and large the trails are tacky and fun!
Mileage (car): 28mi
Mileage (bike): 7.5mi
Yesterday we (myself and Sam R.) made an easy pace around the 15 mile loop at Victoria Lake, taking nearly three hours of riding time to cover the 15 (16 really) miles. This was my first time around this particular loop and it makes an exceptional ride, everything is well routed and no pitch is overly steep. There are some epic climbs on this ride as well as some epic descents, but every bit is enjoyable and ride-able. I will be doing this loop again soon now that I have found my way around so that I can generate route notes for this site.
Mileage (car): 30
Mileage (bike): 16
I spent a bit of time this weekend writing some scripts that will cross-reference my entire flickr library with my entire collection of GPS logs and geotag any photo that was taken while riding. I now have almost 500 trail photos ready to put on the site, as soon as I work out a few user interface issues.
With potentially inches of rain in the forecast in the near future it may be several weeks or more before any significant new content is added to the site. This time will likely be used implementing new features, so if you have any ideas now is the time to let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
After reading on the BHMBA forums that local athlete extraordinare Gary H. and others had marked the Victoria’s Secret loop near Victoria Lake, Sam R. and I decided to head out and see if we could find our way around. It was a pretty good ride (despite beginning with a good climb) and had excellent views. I have already cleaned up the log and recorded quite a few audio notes during the ride, so this should make it onto the website, including details on the (few) tricky spots to navigate fairly shortly.
Mileage (car): 0 (did not drive)
Mileage (bike): 10mi
Yesterday and today I have been working on a number of non-functional website changes, these include some static content such as the About page for interested parties as well as the Legal and Advertising pages. Also new is this blog, which is intended to bring interested parties both a better understanding of the what, why and how this site operates as well as relevant trail news and happenings from around the Black Hills.
This blog is brand new as of today, but I have already back-dated a couple of posts and may back-date more in the future in order to provide some semblance of linearity
Made my way out to Deerfield Lake today to ride the Deerfield Lake Loop, also known as Trail 40L. Based on the Forest Service literature I expected to do the loop twice in about 4 hours, once clockwise and once counter-clockwise. The Forest Service put the distance at 10 miles and calls the terrain moderate, in reality the route is more like 12 miles and conservatively 1800+ feet of elevation gain. I ended up doing one slow loop clockwise that clocked in around 3:20, and this seemed like a good direction choice, while there are very steep sections in both directions the clockwise direction means you get to make up a lot of your elevation gain on double track with a relatively easy grade.
This was the first ride I have done annotating my progress with a digital audio recorder attached to the shoulder strap of my CamelBak, post-ride I rejiggered the website backend to show all of these audio annotations as a map overlay. This way I can reference my audio notes while writing track and waypoint descriptions, all in all this is working quite splendidly so far.
Mileage (car): 100
Mileage (bike): 14
New gear: OLYMPUS VN-8100PC USB PC Interface Digital Voice Recorder ($60)
On the first Monday in May I decided to map the new trail at the Buzzards Roost Trail Network that was recently completed by the BHMBA to satisfy a standing grant. Riding with a broken hand I managed to get a good log and after conferring with Dan S. put the new trail up on PahaSapaTrails.com with a description with the name Jeramy.
Mileage (car): 25
Mileage (bike): 5.65