Normally, weekend rides start from home. But today was about exploration, and burning 3 hours in to/from mode would have been too constraining.
Exploration focused on the trail system at the Isle du Bois unit of the Lake Ray Roberts State Park.
These trails are labeled as equestrian trails, but they also allow bicycle, and hiker use. Some portions are rocky, which require careful line selection and speed modulation.
Some portions consist of deep sand, especially portions south of park headquarters. Often it seemed “equestrian trail” might be a technical term meaning long, narrow, winding sand pit. Perhaps most folks, not on a fat bike, walk here.
Of course there is also a significant amount of firm, smooth single/double track trail across open grasslands…
…and in the midst of dense wooded areas.
There were rugged moments spent pondering suspension, and walking moments spent pondering fatter tires. But not a second of willingness to trade the A. Homer Hilsen for anything.
The trail meanders along the edge of Lake Ray Roberts. The water is often obscured by local terrain, trees, or distance. When visible, however, it demands attention on a clear winter day.
Beaver activity was evident. These tree trunks were all at least 6 inches in diameter. What are those critters building that would require such massive beams?
Not only did today’s outing provide for several hours of new trail exploration, it also resulted on the identification of several fantastic camp spot options for the next S24O opportunity.