First off let me describe my old man mountain biking skills, I ride the single track trails in local forest preserves around Chicago. So I knew this was going to be an incredible challenge for me and it was. But I enjoyed every minute of it, even if I had to walk my bike along the tougher stretches. We rented bikes from Poison Spider where the staff was very helpful and encouraging. Luckily it was a cloudy day which kept the temperature reasonable in the low 80's. There is no where to hide from the sun on this trail. All that said, this trail is everything it claims to be. If you are up for a challenge, ride this trail. The scenery and photo ops are everywhere. I'll admit it is daunting at first but my technique improved during the ride as I got used to some of the steeper downhills. I took my time, enjoyed the ride and the people I met. That said I could barely walk by the time I got back to my car....but I can't wait to ride it again.
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