Putting the Mo' in Modoc
(updated: Feb 6, 2014)
Well I finally got around to making this video of the MODOC (Stevens Creek) trail near F.A.T.S. This a ride from 2012. I mean, that was like, three bikes ago for me. Yes I have a huge backlog I'm trying to get through (videos, not bikes).
I know that quite a few folks have ridden FATS, and whenever you come from far away to ride, FATS is usually the trail system you hit. But if you like more techy stuff, a little more traditional vs. the modern flow trails, then you might want to check out Modoc. I think Modoc is named after the Native Americans that once lived here, before the mountain bikers came and told them to go ride their horses someplace else.
You should also enjoy muddy water crossings if you want to ride here. I swore off those Camelbak slurpy bag things after yet another one leaked all over my shit in my car, so now when I'm thirsty and come to a water crossing, I just get down and drink up, animal feces and carcasses be damned. And the muddy water is a bonus because it's more filling. Heck it beats one of those Goos or Powerbar any day.
Also, there are about six-hundred-ninety-I-lost-count log crossings on this trail, so either you're going to get good at going over logs, or you're never going to come here again. We even built a log pile, because what's a few more logs at this point? Those trees ain't just gonna stop falling across the trail.
You will also find a lot of leaves on this trail. To me they make a satisfyingly crunchy sound (especially when you eat them with some hummus). But if leaves are a problem for you, I suggest you find a leaf-blower friendly trail. How do you find these? They are marked with the following symbol:
The leaf-blower rating system is meant to communicate how "obsessed over" a trail is. So, in this system, zero leaf-blowers equals a natural trail surface, and five leaf-blowers indicates an obsessively groomed path filled with people with too much time on their hands and not enough trail who take things way too seriously. Hey I like being blown, but not my trails.
A five leaf-blower rating.
In reality, I'm just jealous of people with too much time on their hands, because they must have done something right, while I really screwed up somewhere along the way. So here's my plan ... While some folks suggest I should buy a van and start SBA Bike Tours, I figured that that would result in me ending up living in the van down by the river, especially after I drag a group of riders through a zero leaf-blower special in Pisgah for eight hours. But my actual plan is really simple: Write a hit song, then live off the royalties. Seriously. That's my plan. I'm not kidding. How hard could it be? Most hit music is garbage anyway.
Well enjoy the video, and see you on the zero leaf-blower trails.
For more information about Modoc and where it is, check out the SORBA CSRA website: sorbacsra.org/Trails/Modoc.
Video stills, as usual.
SBA (I look ridiculous):
Ed going down:
1. FatsintheCatskillsTim said...
Looks great... I found your site from an MTBR post a while back. Good ideas for a road trip from NY!
Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:35 PM
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