Festival of the Trails -Mountain Biking Event
Saturday, June 02, 2012
This past weekend, my husband and I got away for the first time without the kids (who are now 9 and 7 years old.) We spent our weekend "up north" in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at a mountain biking festival. The mountain biking trail system consisted of over 300 miles of trails. It was amazing.
We mountain biked for 3 days - and it was exhausting by day 3! We put on over 50 miles on single track trails.
Here is my husband:
And here I am:
Both photos were on day one - before we were worn out - and before I broke my bike. (We needed to rent me one, which got us a little behind. My husband broke his as well - but was able to have his fixed.) -- Rental bikes - not as fun.
The event was EXTREMELY well planned. There was a social get-together every day and some type of food event. All participants received a punch card at registration where they had hole punchers on markers throughout the 300 mile trail system. The more punches you received, the more tickets you got to a drawing on the last day. We did quite well, we ended up leaving the festival with my husband winning new bike shoes ($150 value) and I won new grips ($35 value).
We stayed at a bed and breakfast for the first time (because it was only 1 mile from the trail head) - overall, this was a little too intimate for me. I like to come and go and not worry about who is also living in the house. The breakfasts were fantastic though.
We will definitely be doing this again, but next year, we'll bring our kids. We have all year to get them ready for this type of event. I have a new respect for mountain biking! I want to go again. I need to increase my speed and confidance going over rock piles and across skinny bridges.